Chinese New Year 2017

Chinese New Year is a huge festival amongst the Chinese communities in London and across the world. Depending on the lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year changes from year to year but it is always between late January and mid February and every year, an animal from the Chinese zodiac represents that year. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster and it began on Saturday 28th January 2017 but celebrations such as the parade began on the following day which is where I went to last weekend with my girlfriend. I had been to other Chinese New Year celebrations in the past but never in London. Β The event programme was organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association. We went to the grand parade in Leicester Square as we were a little bit late but the parade itself began on Charing Cross Road and ended on Shaftesbury Avenue. The parade itself was pretty good however it was difficult to get a good spot to see everything as it was so crowded, so I didn’t get many photos. We should of sat at the end of the parade to get some good photos to be honest. We also went to Trafalgar Square where the main stage was. They had firecrackers display, speeches, flying lion and dragon dancing along with various musical performances and martial arts from the Shaolin Temple Warrior Monks. The show as a whole was really entertaining but the weather wasn’t very good as it was raining for most of the day.

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