London is all set to celebrate Chinese New Year in style!
The Year of the Pig is upon us, and aside from these cute-as-you-like-ice-creams, London is gearing up to celebrate. Whilst the Lunar New Year might begin on Tuesday, February 5, the date for your diaries is Sunday, February 10, as the Chinese New Year celebrations kick off in earnest. Here’s what you can expect.
Large crowds of people are expected to descend on the West End to mark Chinese New Year 2019, and there’ll be celebratory activities throughout the day for you to enjoy. Trafalgar Square is home to the main stage, where you can see dragon and lion dances, acrobatics, music and dance performances, surrounded by tempting Chinese food stalls.
Shaftesbury Avenue will be hosting thrilling martial art performances, classical music, and DJs in their cultural zone, Leicester Square will be full of interactive family-friendly activities and children’s performances, and lion dances will swing their way through Chinatown, where craft stalls and zodiac animals will join the fun.
Meanwhile, the Chinese New Year parade, the highlight of the day, will wend its way through the streets of Chinatown, with over 50 groups partaking. And of course, Chinatown’s restaurants will be cooking up a storm, including many offering the traditional Chinese New Year dim sum feast. London’s festivities are the largest celebration of the Lunar New Year outside of Asia, so wear something red for good luck and get along!
The parade kicks off at Charing Cross Road at 10am, events in Chinatown run from 12-6pm, and the finale kicks off around 5.30pm.
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