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Chinese New Year is almost upon us! Also known as the Lunar New Year, the Spring Festival, Tet and Seollal, it’s the official start of the new lunar calendar, which means a chance to wipe clean the slate and start afresh for a more positive new year.
Sadly, the Year of the Tiger will be ushered in with less fanfare than hoped for. After the mayor confirmed that the new year’s celebrations on Tuesday February 1 will be scaled back once again. It’s the second year in a row that the festival, the biggest of its kind outside of Asia, has been cancelled.
Normally, the main parade starts in Charing Cross Road before dancing through Shaftesbury Avenue and finishing with a lion eye-dotting ceremony and stage performances in Trafalgar Square. Instead, there will be a small-scale lion dance and a night market in Newport Place in Chinatown with video screens showing pre-recorded performances.
The usual spectacle of costumed parades and stage performances might not be going ahead, but don’t fret, just because things are scaled back there’s still plenty to do. From special set-menu dinners at London’s best Chinese restaurants to historic walks and workshops. We’ll be adding more details of events as they’re announced.
For more insider advice, be sure to read up on the best of Chinese London.
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