Chinese New Year celebrations in London are some of the largest outside Asia.
Chinese New Year 2012, the Year of the Dragon, falls on 23 January. London’s main celebrations will be held on 29 January.
And the main London Chinatown Chinese Association celebrations take place in Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Chinatown.
Don’t miss the colourful parade, which starts at the square at 10.15am and winds its way through Chinatown before ending on Rupert Street at 11.30am with everything from dragons to giant mythical goddesses on show.
Then watch the Dotting of the Eye ceremony, which brings all the dragons and lions to life. 100 performances are taking to the main stage for an afternoon of spectacular entertainment as Chinese dragons, lions and acrobats dance and perform to impress the crowds.
And cap things off withthe Chinese New Year fireworks display!
About Chinese New Year
- Chinese New Year is a huge festival among Chinese communities in London and across the world.
- Based on the lunar and solar calendars, the actual date of Chinese New Year varies, but always falls between late January and mid February.
- Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.