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Welcome in the Year of the Dog
Celebrate Chinese New Year with a day of free activities in Chinatown and the West End. It's time to welcome in the Year of the Dog with a colourful parade, lion dances, Chinese street food, free entertainment and a spectacular firework display in Trafalgar Square.
Red is the key colour of Chinese New Year: it's traditional to give and receive money in red envelopes, the streets are decorated with red lanterns, and wearing red is also thought to bring good luck.
This year's main festivities in central London, organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA), take place on 18 February, the Sunday following the official Chinese New Year, which is on 16 February.
The date of the Chinese New Year varies from year to year, falling between late January and mid-February. Each year in the Chinese zodiac is related to an animal sign: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. The Dog is the eleventh sign in the 12-year cycle of the zodiac. Years of the Dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018 and 2030.
A canine companion is known as man's best friend and the Dog is thought to bring good fortune. Qualities associated with the sign are loyalty, responsibility and courage. This is the Year of the Earth Dog. People born in this year are considered to be persistent, attractive, and fortunate with money and finances.
You can find out more about the festivities and download the Chinese New Year event map at VisitLondon .