London’s Chinese New Year jubilations – Yet another example of London’s affiance to celebrate multiculturalism
Part of what makes London so special and unique is its multiculturalism and devotion to celebrating cultures from around the world. With more than 300 languages spoken and over 50 non-indigenous communities with a population of more than 10,000 residing in the capital, London is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world.
Chinese people constitute for the fourth largest Asian group in London. The Chinese New Year celebrations in London is a popular event which means a lot to a huge proportion of London’s population. But what makes the Chinese New Year in London so special is that everyone is welcome and invited to join in. People of all ethnicities, ages and tastes, attend the celebrations and join in the fun.
The biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia take place every year in London. The Chinese New Year is based on lunar and solar calenders so the actual date varies but it always falls between the end of January and mid-February.
In 2014, this mesmerising event is scheduled for January 31st but the celebrations will take place on Sunday 2nd February. On a rotational basis through twelve yearly cycles each Chinese New Year is designated to an animal. 2014 is the Year of the Horse.
Hundreds of thousands of people will descend on the West End to wish each other, “Kung Hei Fat Choi” (Happy New Year).The celebrations take place at Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue, with the parade commencing at Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue.
This spectacular parade will work its way to Trafalgar Square where there will be a stage showcasing sensational Chinese performers. Another stage will be set up at the end of Dean Street in Chinatown where local artists will perform alongside stalls selling crafts and food.
If you are going to be in London on February 2nd devote this day to visiting Chinatown as the Chinese celebrate the coming Year of the Horse. According to fortune tellers in the Year of the Horse people must talk to each other more or join in with group activities.
Best to take heed of the fortune tellers’ advice and join in with the New Year parade and other celebration on Sunday February 2, 2014.