Chinese New Year Celebration 2013
Come and say Kung Hei Fat Choi on Sunday Feb 10th 2012
PROGRAMME of London Chinese New Year Celebration 2013
Map of London Chinese New Year Celebration 2013
China comes to London in a breathtaking blaze of colour on Sunday 10th February 2013 with the Chinese New Year celebrations. Large crowds are expected to head into the centre of the capital to herald the Year of the Snake, which is all about action, change, innovation and achievement.
The festivities, which are the largest outside Asia, offer revellers a feast of Chinese culture, including a gravity defying lion dance, fireworks and a variety of performers from China and the UK. The opening ceremony with the traditional eye dotting ceremony, takes place at midday in Trafalgar Square. A dramatic firecracker display will signal a cultural feast of Chinese music, dance and acrobatics.
Hunderds of performers will take their place on the Trafalgar Square main stage, including the world-renowned Chen Brothers Flying Lion Dance and variety performers from Guangdong and Sichuan Provinces. Lawrence Cheng, festival director, London Chinatown Chinese Association, which is organising the celebrations, says, “Chinese New Year is the most important festival for the worldwide Chinese community.
It has been celebrated for thousands of years, but nowadays it is welcomed by over a sixth of the world’s population. It is wonderful to witness the celebration of Chinese culture in London. This multi-cultural city sees the largest celebration of Chinese New Year outside Asia.” London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are FREE to attend and family friendly.
As well as the parade and festival, there will be stalls offering a variety of souvenirs including lanterns, paper dragons, drums and paper cutting artwork and people attending are also recommended to sample the delicious regional food that is served in and around Chinatown.