Chinese New Year in London!
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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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:
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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