Chinese New Year in London

Chinese New Year 2012, the Year of the Dragon, falls on 23 January. London’s main celebrations will be held on 29 January.

The main London Chinatown Chinese Association celebrations take place in Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Chinatown. This year’s festivities include:

  • A parade in Chinatown
  • A display by 100 performers in Trafalgar Square, including the Chen Brothers who hold the Guinness World Record for the highest pole jump in flying lion dance
  • An exciting fireworks finale

About Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is a huge festival among Chinese communities in London and across the world.

Based on the lunar and solar calendars, the actual date of Chinese New Year varies, but always falls between late January and mid February.

Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, and 2012 is the Year of the Dragon.

Chinese New Year Timings

  • 10.15am: Parade starts on Rupert Street
  • 11.30am: Parade finishes on Rupert Street
  • 12 noon: Opening ceremony on main stage in Trafalgar Square, where Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Stanley Tse, President of Chinatown, will perform the Dotting of the Eye ceremony, which will bring the dragons and lions to life
  • 12 noon-5.40pm: Display by more than 100 performers, including the Chen Brothers
  • 5.40pm: Fireworks finale in Trafalgar Square



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