Chinese New Year in London!

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Chinese New Year in London

Chinese New Year in London!

Chinese New Year in London

新年快樂, 恭喜发财, 身體健康!

Welcome to the Year of the Dog. Chinese New Year is only 8 days away and trust us when we say that this New Year event will be one of the biggest things happening in London in February! You’ll be seeing the colour red a lot, dragons, drumming, a lion/dragon dance! Head over to China Town and you’ll be immersed in traditions and festivities all the way from the far east!

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Some facts on the year of the dog:

  • The Chinese New Year Calendar follows 12 zodiac animals. The Dog is the eleventh of all zodiac animals. According to one myth,  the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The monkey, rooster and dog were in another country at the time aiding a god in defeating evil spirits. Following that, they head to the party together and arrived exactly at the same time. Hence, the Jade Emperor went by the order in which they met the god in the other country, in which the Dog became eleventh!
  • Character traits of people born in the Year of the Dog: Loyal, Honest but can also worry and be overly anxious.
  • Partners most compatible with a Dog: Rabbit, Tiger, Horse
  • Partners least compatible with a Dog: Dragon, Ox, Goat
  • Lucky colour: Green, Red, Purple

Chinese New Year in London

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Chinese New Year in London!

With the heavy Chinese population in London, there’s no surprise that there are going to be massive celebrations! Dragon and lion dances will be featured at Charing Cross Road at 10am heading all the way down to China Town. At 12pm, head to Trafalgar Square as you’ll see Chinese dancers performing traditional, contemporary as well as hip-hop dances! If you’re into eating Chinese foods, there will be food trucks there. In addition to that, restaurants in Chinatown will feature traditional Chinese New Year meals/treats.

Foods always featured during the family meal:

  • Noodles (麵)–representing happiness and longevity.
  • Dumplings and spring rolls (餃子)– representing wealth.
  • Tangyuan (sweet rice balls) (湯圓)– representing family togetherness.
  • Niangao (glutinous rice cake) (年糕)– representing higher income or status.
  • Tangerines and oranges (橙子)– representing fullness and wealth.
  • Fish (魚)–representing an increase in prosperity.

Chinese New Year in London

How is the Chinese New Year celebrated?

Chinese New Year is celebrated over a 15 day period, each day dedicated to different activities/events planned among family and friends. Families ranging from grandparents to couzins and immediate family gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve. Cleaning the house and decorating is also crucial as its a metaphor for sweeping away bad fortune on New Year’s Day! Red pockets (what kids usually look forward to most) are given! They are basically red envelopes stuffed with ‘lucky money’! If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll find yourself with a red pocket!

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For a show to watch during Chinese New Year, read here!

For more information regarding events during Chinese New Year, read here!

We, and the ULH wish you a very happy & prosperous new year!

 

 

 

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