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Chinese New Year London 2020 – all infos, dates and more

One of the most fascinating and colourful New Year celebrations in the world is the Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival and Lunar New Year. Here, you will find all information about the Chinese New Year celebrations in London 2020.

Chinese New Year London 2020 | © Unsplash

For years the Chinese community in London has been celebrating Chinese New Year in London’s Chinatown, the West End and Trafalgar Square. The celebrations start on the last day of the Chinese lunar calendar’s last month and end on the 15th day of the first month. The highlight of the festival is the Lantern Festival at its very end.

In London, you can watch the colourful Chinese New Year parade which passes through the West End and Chinatown. In Chinatown itself there will be lion dances through the neighborhood. At Trafalgar Square you can enjoy stage performances, family activities, and more. This year, Chinese New Year falls on the 25th of January 2020 with the Lunar New Year festivities taking place on the 26th of January 2020 in London marking the start of the Year of the Rat.

There are several legends surrounding Chinese New Year. One of the most popular ones includes an old man defeating the mythical beast Nian using firecrackers. Traditionally, Chinese people celebrate the New Year to think about their ancestors and pray to their gods. On the evening before the big festivities, families often eat together and give each other little presents for good luck. On Chinese New Year families welcome good luck into their homes and get rid of all the bad luck from last year by cleaning their houses thoroughly. Additionally, they will decorate their windows and doors with red paper as this is said to bring in good luck, happiness, health and wealth.

In London, the London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA) organizes the Chinese New Year and other Chinese festivities every year. Arounf 20 years ago, the first Chinese New Year festival was celebrated in London where only very few people gathered together. Today, the festival in London attracts thousands of visitors from all over world as has thus become the biggest Chinese New Year festival outside of Asia.  

You see, in order to experience an authentic Chinese New Year celebration you don’t have to travel all the way to China – the Chinese New Year festival in London is definitely worth a visit.

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