Chinese New Year

February 5th 2016
By: Mary.Wilkins
Chinese New Year

This year, Chinese New Year will begin on Monday 8th February and is the year of the Monkey. It will last until 27th January 2017 when it will become the year of the Rooster.
The year is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar which is why the dates change every year.  The festivities last for 15 days, starting the day before New Year and finish with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day.

People born in the Year of the Monkey are thought to be curious and mischievous as well as innovative. 

Outside of Asia, London is where the biggest celebrations are held.  The main London parade will take place on Sunday 14th February – travelling along Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue from 10am.  There will be a Dragon and Lion Dance on the stage in the square, which is likely to continue until around 5pm.

Back in Trafalgar Square, there will be entertainment and music.  Chinatown itself will be home to themed restaurants and bars, street stalls selling food and crafts as well as special events.  It really is an event to be enjoyed by all!