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New Year’s resolutions not gone quite to plan yet? Well, there’s another chance to turn over a new leaf as Chinese New Year arrives. 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 the slate clean and start afresh for a more positive new year.
When is Chinese New Year celebrated in London in 2023?
In 2023 Chinese New Year falls on Sunday January 22 and this time around it’s the Year of the Rabbit. And after being cancelled last year, we’re all hoping that the traditional London Chinese New Year Parade will take to the streets of London again
What does the Year of the Rabbit mean?
One of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, the rabbit represents a long and lucky life, symbolising pureness, auspiciousness and peace. Because of the rabbit’s characteristics, we can look forward to a hopeful, relaxing and contemplative year.
The last Year of the Rabbit was in 2011, and if you were born in 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, or 2023 you are known as a rabbit.
People born in the Year of the Rabbit are thought to be calm, clever and compassionate.
What date is the London Chinese New Year Parade?
The parade will be on Sunday January 22. Things will kick off at 10am.
Where does the parade start?
Normally, the main parade starts in Charing Cross Road before dancing along Shaftesbury Avenue and into Chinatown and finishing with a lions’ eye-dotting ceremony (symbolically allowing the fabled beasts to ‘see’) and stage performances in Trafalgar Square.
As well as the spectacle of the costumed parade and stage performances there are also plenty of ways to join in the celebrations, from tucking into special set-menu dinners at London’s best Chinese restaurants to joining 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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