Chinese New Year 2014
Sun Feb 2
Time Out says
Posted: Tue Jan 28 2014
London’s annual Chinese New Year celebrations, the biggest in the world outside China, bring a great swathe of Chinatown to riotous life.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to turn out to take part in Sunday’s festivities, making way when necessary for the traditional dragon dancers who weave a path among the crowds thronging the streets. At 10am a parade through the West End will head for Trafalgar Square, where the traditional opening ceremony takes place on the main stage at noon. It’s followed by an afternoon of acts from China including a gravity-defying lion dance performed atop high poles. Also on the bill is the Little Red Flower Art Troupe, a children’s variety act from Nanjing, while a second stage in Shaftesbury Avenue will host talent from local community groups and schools. The Beijing Young Cultural Ambassadors will also make their London debut here, performing a traditional Chinese opera.
Chinatown itself will go bonkers, with New Year-themed decorations, special menus and events at its 100-odd restaurants, bars, cafes and shops and all sort of food and craft stalls colonising the streets.
2014 is the Year of the Horse. The Chinese horoscope tells us that those born in 'horse' years are cheerful, skilful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands (or hooves). So if you are expecting a little foal (or if you were born in in 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990 or 2002) then this is a great excuse for a pony party. But if you’re planning to celebrate in one of Chinatown’s restaurants, giddy up and get booking. They’ll be heaving on the day.
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Great informative review especially as we live in Wiltshire , it felt like we were taking part to the extent that we have since booked a hotel and will now be joining in the wonderful celebrations! Thanks so much see you on Sunday!
Really useful and gave me the information I needed to plan my day. Popup at the start were confusing.
Very interesting, useful information. I haven't been in the chinese new year celebrations but i'm definitely going this year!
Very interesting and relevant but there could be more detail, especially on the route of the parade, and perhaps a link to a website with more details.