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Celebrate New Year Twice
We always celebrate New Year on the 1st January, but for the Chinese, the date changes (at least on the Gregorian calendar). The Chinese New Year can take place any time between the 21st January and the 20th February. This year, the year of the snake falls on the 10th of February, and London is celebrating in traditional Chinese style.
Trafalgar Square will be a hub of activity, with dancing, cultural stalls, fireworks, and stunning live performances. The festival will begin at 10.15am with a parade. Starting off at the square, a host of dazzling floats will travel through Chinatown towards Russell Square.
Then at 11.30am the Mayor of London and President of Chinatown will take part in the Dotting of the Eye ceremony to bring all the dragons and lions to life.
From 12pm-5.40pm there will be a hundred performances on the main stage, including songs, dance, and a fireworks display.
Also, as part of the event, you will find a Chinese market along Shaftesbury Avenue, where you can not only but Chinese ingredients and sample their cuisine, but be witness to a showcase of talented local Chinese artists.