Chinese New Year in London turns into one of the most expected events and it supposed to be massive, something that never happened before. As the economic relations between UK and China are getting stronger, Chinese population in UK is increasing and also does in London. 2016 is considered to be the year of the Monkey, considered by the Chinese Tradition a year of bad luck . In China, the Chinese New Year was already celebrated on 8th of January in a ceremony which started with the classic bell ring and ended with a giant show of fireworks. China is famous not only for the blooming economy and massive exports, but also for manufacturing the most sophisticated fireworks, improving each year with bigger and more complex shows.
Chinese New Year in London is going to be celebrated along with Valentine’s Day on 14th of February. This is why London is going to host two of the most important celebrations of this month and it has been promised that Chinese New Year in London is going to be an unforgettable moment. Locals and tourists can enjoy the street parades where China’s traditional customs will be presented. It is going to be a full night as restaurants and clubs will open their doors to everyone until late night. Before the Chinese New Year the custom is to clean your house in order to spread away the misfortune and also to give envelopes with money to children as a symbol for a prosperous year. Chinese New Year in London it is not the first event of this type in London, people being already familiar with other Chinese related festivities such as the Lantern Festival.
For those interested to participate at the largest event outside Asia – Chinese New Year in London, an useful information is that the celebration starts at 10 pm. It has been set an entire route which begins first in the famous Trafalgar Square where people can admire a small piece of China’s traditions. Charing Cross and Regent Street are also two important locations of the festivity where Chinese New Year in London sets foot for real. The final destination is the west end where the London China Town was built. During this parade people can admire acrobatic lions, traditional dancers but also musical concerts from Chinese artists. During the entire show guests will be invited to take part at Chinese workshops and even taste some delicious street food. It will not be a surprise to encounter cheerful Chinese restaurant owners who will invite you in for a warm meal or for the already known “ noodles”. By the end of the night, Chinese New Year in London will end up in glorious way with a great show of fireworks and lanterns which will light up the skies of the UK’s capital.