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Chinese New Year in London 2018

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Celebrate in style this Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year London Chinatown Celebration City Festival Food Drink Dance
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What is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is a famous Chinese tradition which sees colourful displays of fireworks, food and laughter. This year, the Chinese New Year begins on Friday February 16th, The Year of the Dog. According to Asian Astrology, your year of birth dictates an animal you represent, thus reveals signs of your own personality. Anyone who is born in the dog year (including 1958, 1970 and of course, 2018) is said to be communicative, serious and responsible within the workplace. So, are you or anyone you know born on these dates? If not, why not discover which your own animal is, and what it reveals about yourself.

Chinese New Year London Chinatown Celebration City Festival Food Drink Dance
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Naturally, there are 12 animals. That's not to say each animal gets its turn every 12 years, with the dog being the first since 1958. This unique method of celebrating New Year may seem unusual to you or I, but in fact, it is at the core of traditional Chinese culture, and is treated extremely profoundly.

What to expect on the day?

In China celebrations will appear more prominent. Visiting here during this time is a must as it's unlike anything you'll have experienced on a regular New Years. The streets of China are filled with colourful and vibrant costumes, dancers and the traditional lion dances which are at the heart of the show. Bell ringing, fireworks and other sounds will also be happening almost simultaneously throughout the night. This truly is a celebration of life, fortune and happiness most of all.

Which animal are you?

In total there are 12 animals, and these are:

And finally… Pig

Each animal represents different attitudes and personalities. To find your own animal and match it with a personality you can search online yourself!
Chinese New Year London Chinatown Celebration City Festival Food Drink Dance
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So, We know what's happening in China, but what about London? Well as a city known for its multicultural society and acceptance, it's only natural we participate too. Chinatown, is a place dedicated to Chinese-run businesses, cuisine, and even decorations surrounding the street. Just bound by London's central Shaftesbury Avenue, Chinatown is a very easily accessible place to see if in London. So with all this, it's only natural that London celebrates too. On the day, expect essentially what is a microcosm of China's streets itself, with dragon dancers, lights and professional Chinese instrumentals. It's a must-visit! In fact, last year, London listed the largest celebration of Chinese New Year outside of Asia, so you can only imagine the energy and excitement that will be placed into this year's event. Even in the morning, celebrations are expected to kick off with a stream of handcrafted floats and acrobats. Beginning at Trafalgar Square, dancers make their way through Shaftesbury Avenue to Chinatown itself.

Where to eat

And at the end of the day why not have some authentic Chinese cuisine to wash all that excitement down. What's more, all of London's Chinese restaurants in Chinatown will offer discounts in the belief it brings good luck for the future.
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Why? For an authentic Chinese New Year experience
When: Fri 16th Feb 2018
Where: Chinatown, London
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