The Year of the Rabbit has arrived. Following a day of celebrations in and around London on January 22, the Lunar New Year was commemorated by the lastminute.com London Eye lighting up in resplendent red and gold. The two colours, seen everywhere during the celebrations, symbolize good fortune and happiness (red), and wealth (gold) – offering up wishes for a great new year to all.
If there’s one thing you can always count on, it’s the London Eye joining in on to commemorate all occasions, and lighting up the night with their themed display. Previous displays have seen it lighting up for Diwali, Armistice Day And Remembrance Sunday, Eid, and more. They even installed a panto carriage to kick of the Christmas panto season!
Said Imran Tauqir, General Manager at the lastminute.com London Eye:
“As one of London’s most iconic landmarks we’re proud to join the Chinese community and fellow Londoners in celebrating the coming of the Year of the Rabbit. We hope our light up spreads hope and happiness across the city to all those celebrating this time-honoured Chinese tradition. And wish you all prosperity and wealth for 2023.”
Lunar New Year Celebrations
Missed the London Eye lighting up? That’s not the end of the Lunar New Year celebrations, with January 22 merely the kick-off date for 15-day festival of celebration. Throughout the celebration period there is plenty to do, and it all culminates in the Lantern Festival, marking the first full moon of the new lunar year, on February 5.
So whether you want to nosh on delicious themed food, take in performances, or engage with the celebration’s history and culture, there’s still plenty for you to do. And if you delay too long with checking out the celebrations, at the very least you can check out all that Chinatown has to offer!