Chinese New Year is based on various legends, including that of an old man defeating the wicked mythical beast Nian with the help of firecrackers and red paper defences.
The festival gives people a chance to remember ancestors and to pay tribute to gods. On Chinese New Year’s Eve (the evening before Chinese New Year’s Day), families gather together for dinner and children often receive red packets with money for good luck.
Traditionally, every family would clean their house in the build-up to Chinese New Year to ward off any bad luck from the current year, and to make room for good luck in the coming year. Openings such as doors or windows would be given a makeover with red paper decorations to bring in good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity.
Chinese New Year is celebrated across the globe, with the nature of the celebrations varying depending on the location. But whether you’re on China’s mainland, in other Asian territories such as Singapore and Thailand, or in Chinatown neighbourhoods in major cities, such as London, you’ll be sure to have a good time with firecrackers, dragon dances and festive food.
Marking the turn of the lunar year, Chinese New Year has been celebrated for centuries in China. Also known as the Spring Festival and the Lunar New Year, this colourful celebration starts on the last day of the last month in the Chinese lunar calendar, and ends on the 15th day of the first month with the spectacular Lantern Festival.
In 2019, Chinese New Year falls on 5 February, with the main Chinese New Year events taking place in London’s Chinatown and Trafalgar Square on 10 February.
Celebrate Chinese New Year 2019 in London on 10 February during the free annual event across London Chinatown and the West End. Enjoy a colourful Chinese New Year parade, dragon dances in London’s Chinatown, delicious Chinese street food, and free entertainment and a spectacular pyrotechnic display in Trafalgar Square, marking the Year of the Pig.
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