Ring in the Chinese New Year in London
The lunar based Chinese New Year is the most important event in the Chinese calendar, and is celebrated around the world.
The lively capital of London enjoys the largest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia. Visitors to the city will be able to discover more about this fantastic festival in a range of special events.
New Year Traditions
Chinese New Year is based on the lunar New Year, and is celebrated by Chinese communities everywhere. Each New Year marks the start of the new Chinese calendar, represented by one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals. From the start of New Year to the brightest day of the lunar month, normally the fifteenth, special traditions are observed.
Houses are cleaned to remove bad luck, and decorated with paper scrolls offering good luck. Chinese families gather together on the eve of Chinese New Year to share the most important meal of the year. Depending on the region of China they are from, the food could include special fish, dumplings, or sticky rice dishes.
Fireworks form an important part of the Chinese New Year, and are set off just after midnight on the night of the New Year to drive away evil.
The color red is powerful and positive in Chinese tradition as it symbolizes fire, which will scare away evil spirits. Traditionally, adults give children ‘red packets’ at Chinese New Year. These packets are red envelopes with money and sweets inside them, to wish children health and a long life.
The Chinese New Year festivities usually end with a lantern festival, in which glowing paper lanterns are hung or carried by people in the moonlight.
Year Of The Dog
In 2018 the Chinese New Year falls on 16th of February, and this year Chinese communities will celebrate the Year of the Dog. Those born in the year of the do are said to be communicative, responsible, honest, smart and make good friends.
The Year of the Dog is set to be celebrated in style in the capital with a series of great events taking place.
Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue will be the main locations for the festivities, which take place on 18th of February 2018. The day starts at 10am with a parade along Shaftesbury Avenue, and then visitors to Trafalgar Square can enjoy a variety of Chinese artists performing on stage. There will be traditional food to eat, Chinese craft to purchase, and more performances to enjoy in the area. We recommend you take a trip to Chinatown and sample the best Asian cuisine around in one of the area’s many restaurants.
Visitors can learn more about the rich history of China at London’s top museums such as The Victoria and Albert Museum. The Museum features many objects from Chinese past, with galleries dedicated to Chinese art and sculpture.
The British Museum is also a fantastic place to visit to learn more about Chinese history, and has special galleries on Chinese objects. Visitors can see different uses of Chinese jade, admire hundreds of Chinese ceramics, and explore objects in the China, South Asia and Southeast Asia gallery.
Our comfortable Park Inn Hotel & Conference Centre, London Heathrow is the perfect place to relax after enjoying the Chinese New Year celebrations in London.
Have you ever celebrated the Chinese New Year?