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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.

London's Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside Asia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to wish each other "Kung Hei Fat Choi" (or Happy New Year).

10am: The parade will begin in Trafalgar Square and the colourful floats and beating of drums can be followed through Chinatown ending in Rupert Street at 11am

12pm: On the main stage in Trafalgar Square, the Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture, Munira Mirza, His Excellence Liu Xiao Ming and Stanley Tse, President of Chinatown, will commence the Dotting of the Eye ceremony, which will bring the dragons and lions to life

1pm-5.30pm: Live entertainment on stage including performances by Hong Kong-born singer-songwriter Emmy The Great, the world-renowned Chen Brothers Flying Lion Dance, Paul Potts and performers from Guangdong and Sichuan Provinces

5.55pm: A stunning fireworks display will mark the end of the day's celebrations.

Chinese New Year 2013, the Year of the Snake, falls on 10 February.

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  • Russell B.

    Well that was fun! Yes there was rain and the parade was a little short! Managed to get a some Yum Cha at 11am before the crowds with Cherie and Aaron. Sorry Sam and Co but we just squeezed in lunch while we could. Decided to check out the National Gallery because of the crazy crowd then watch England v Ireland at the Walkabout before heading back for the fireworks. Not quite as good as New Years Eve ones but nice all the same. Great day out.

    February 10, 2013

  • Stephen 'Stevo' A.

    Morning,

    Unfortunately I have succumbed to the dreaded man-flu - I hope I survive...

    I'm sure you'll all still have a fun day.

    Cheers,
    Stevo

    February 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      time for the chicken soup - feel better soon Stevo :)

      February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ah, missed you guys - got there bit late and didn't see peeps to connect up with and hadn't taken your number Russell. stayed in the incessant rain only for the reward of cool lion dance - those guys were tres brill! hope y'all got some good hot dim sum to warm you. see ya's next time :)

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute work has messed me around. Sorry will try make it down later on!

    February 10, 2013

  • Cindy C.

    Russell and I will be at Nelson's column on the south side at 0945. Russell's # is 07447429805. See you all there. Get well stevo! i hope your house mates are bringing you hot soup and sympathy...

    February 10, 2013

  • Stephen 'Stevo' A.

    Hi all,

    I may be a late withdrawal tomorrow due to illness.

    I'm sure you will all find each other if I can't make it.

    I'll update tomorrow morning.

    Cheers,
    Stevo

    February 9, 2013

    • Michael

      Stevo, hopefully not suffering too badly. M

      February 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would be keen for some yum cha after the parade, hope to see you all on Sunday :-)

    February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hey all, the word is we'll have to chance it with dim sum/yum cha - called a few places, either closed or not taking any more bookings, 'joy king lau' we can rock up to see if they'll fit us in, and 'new world' said they were only on a first-in basis, ie. not taking bookings ... at least we'll have the dragons! ;)

    February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    can we join you for late dim sum or fireworks? I have to teach a spin class and can be there after 2.30/3pm.

    February 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    could try to book a table/s for at one of these places below? hoping that there may be room. takers??

    http://www.timeout.com/london/restaurants/joy-king-lau

    http://www.dumplingslegend.com/index.htm

    February 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      February 6, 2013

    • Cindy C.

      Russ and I are in for either. Thanks Liana.

      February 8, 2013

  • Stephen 'Stevo' A.

    If anyone needs it, my number is[masked]

    February 8, 2013

  • Stephen 'Stevo' A.

    Was thinking that we should meet at Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Sq at 9:45am, watch the parade then the Dotting of the Eye ceremony, perhaps head to Chinatown for some Yum Cha or Dim Sum for lunch, then make our way back to Trafalgar Sq for some entertainment and the fireworks - thoughts?

    January 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could go - I'm dropping a friend to the airport middle of the day...bugger.

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    oo, i love a bit of dragon action ... and some yum cha for after?

    January 29, 2013

    • Russell B.

      We'd be a up for ome Yum Cha. Might need to book though.

      January 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ummmm...where will everyone be meeting?

    January 29, 2013

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