On Friday 16 February, 2018 Chinese communities throughout the UK will celebrate Chinese New Year and this year will celebrate the Year of the Dog.
With almost 20,000 Chinese people living in the UK who will be joined by thousands of people of all nationality, it’s safe to say that there will be loads of fun events and celebrations.
Many Chinese people will wear red clothing as it is their belief that red represents fire and can scare evil spirits away. Other symbols of the Chinese New Year include red lanterns with gold characters, fireworks and colourful lion dance displays.
This year, London’s free-to-attend Chinese New Year event is expected to attract around 700,000 people, with celebrations taking place on Sunday February 18 (the Sunday after Chinese New Year) between 10am and 6pm.
Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year. People organize large scale community and public celebrations. These festivities may last for up to two weeks and most events will be open to the general public and are generally friendly and welcoming for people of all backgrounds to learn more about the Chinese culture.
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