London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside Asia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to wish each other “Kung Hei Fat Choi” (or Happy New Year).
Chinese New Year 2014, the Year of the Horse, falls on 31 January.
This year’s Chinese New Year festivities take place on Sunday 2 February in central London, taking in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue.
The event will start with a parade along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue starting at around 10am. The main stage in Trafalgar Square will feature visiting artists from China. There will also be lion teams circulating around Chinatown, local artists performing on a stage at the end of Dean Street and traditional food and craft stalls.
There are plenty of activities and celebrations to get involved in. Why not pay a visit to London’s Chinatown which is famous for its abundance of Chinese restaurants.
About Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is a huge festival among Chinese communities in London and across the world.
Based on the lunar and solar calendars, the actual date of Chinese New Year varies, but always falls between late January and mid February.
Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.