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Chinese New Year – London 2020 – Year of the RAT!

It’s already half way through January and you have strayed from your New Year’s resolutions? No need to worry, the Chinese New Year gives you a second chance! London on the 26th of January holds the biggest celebration outside Asia, you can’t miss it! The Year of the Pig makes way for the Year of the Rat. Wear something red (it brings good luck) and join this colorful and bubbly jamboree! And the best part is that it is a free event!

What you should expect….


THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHINESE NEW YEAR IN LONDON

The 2020 festivities celebrate the Year of the Rat and take place on 26 January.

These free Chinese New Year celebrations in London are organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA)


Chinese New Year London 2020

Chinese New Year Parade

The parade starts at 10 am on Charing Cross Road, before making its way through Shaftesbury Avenue in Chinatown.


Trafalgar Square

Celebrations in Trafalgar Square usually begins with screen shows and a thanksgiving ceremony, followed by firecrackers, speeches and the Lions’ Eye-Dotting Ceremony.

Experience dragon and flying lion dances, ahead of fun-filled stage performances, including Chinese dance and music shows, martial arts displays and a wonderful lineup of Chinese artists.


West End Stages

The London Chinese New Year celebrations continue across the West End with performances, workshops and activities.


THE CHINESE ZODIAC AND ITS ORIGINS

The Chinese zodiac is related to astrology and it includes 12 animals called Zi Rat, Chou Ox, Yin Tiger, Mao Rabbit, Chen Dragon, Si Snake, Wu Horse, Wei Sheep, Shen Monkey, You Rooster, Xu Dog and Hai Pig. Why 12? Well, one ji (era) equals 12 years, one years has 12 months and one day has 12 time periods called shi chen. Each animal like the western zodiac signs is related to specific aspects of humans personalities and therefore, the people born in that year are supposed to be accordingly.

Enjoy the celebration and… Xin Nan kai Le (pronounced sing nee-ann koo-why ler), Happy New Year!


WHAT YOU CAN DO IN LONDON IN THE MEANTIME…

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    1. Wonders of London

      Hi Denise,
      if you click on every tour you are interested in, you will find all the information including meeting point etc. 🙂

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