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.
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. It’s celebrated by Chinese communities everywhere. Each New Year is represented by one of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals. From the start of New Year to the brightest day of the lunar month, 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 are an important part of the Chinese New Year. They’re 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. Glowing paper lanterns are hung or carried by people in the moonlight.
Year Of The (Metal) Rat
In 2020 the Chinese New Year falls on 25th of January. This year will celebrate the Year of the Rat. Those born in the year of the rat are clever, quick thinkers, successful, and content with living a quiet and peaceful life.
Every year of the zodiac also follow elements: metal, water, wood, fire, and earth. This year is a metal element, making this an Metal Rat!
The Year of the Rat is set to be celebrated in style in London with a series of great events taking place.
Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue will be the main locations for the festivities. 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, and more performances to enjoy in the area. We recommend you take a trip to Chinatown and sample the best Asian cuisine around.
Visitors can learn about the rich history of China at London’s top museums, 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. It also 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.
Happy New Year. Xin Nian Kuai Le. San Nin Faai Lok.