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London Eye Celebrates Chinese New Year

Iconic landmark lit up in red and gold

Right at the heart of the city the iconic London Eye marked the arrival of Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year celebrations in London are organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association and supported by the Mayor of London and Westminster City Council.

This year, the London Eye held colourful celebrations that included traditional Chinese lion dancers and a character dressed as a pig, who posed in front of the London Eye as it lit up in red and gold to celebrate the 'Year of the Pig'.

Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival and is an official holiday. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year".

The main Chinese New Year events take place in London’s Chinatown, the West End and Trafalgar Square on 10th February. Watch the colourful Chinese New Year parade pass through the streets of the West End and Chinatown London. Head over to Trafalgar Square for stage performances and all-day entertainment, or visit stages dotted across the West End for more Chinese New Year celebrations.

February 2019

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