Chinese New Year in London

Decorations are up in London again, this time for Chinese New Year.   Although today is the first day of the lunar New Year, the main festivities are scheduled for the weekend.

CNY sign The next sign is less inviting, with the same “Avoid the Area” message sent out for Christmas events.

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If you are in Chinatown this week, what can you see?  Lots and lots of red lanterns.

Newport Place sign with lanterns

Chinese lanternsIf you want to combine two February festivals, go to the Chinese supermarket selling these bamboo branches with  heart decorations for Valentine’s Day.

bamboo valentine

Lanterns are also hanging at the Chinese Embassy (click here to see an earlier photo) and at the Fo Guang Shan Temple in Fitzrovia.

Fo Guang Shan Temple


Welcome to the Year of the Monkey!



Chinese New Year monkey


6 thoughts on “Chinese New Year in London

  1. I have never experienced CHinese New Year in China. Only once I attended a new year “party” in Helsinki in 2010 with food stalls, fireworks, performances and the CCTV New Year Gala on a huge screen. IT was pretty nice but as it was outside it was terribly cold (-30 degrees celsius…)


  2. YEAH!!! You are helping feed my craving for CNY celebrations!!!! Totally missing out this year in Mumbai. 😦 A friend in HK sent a video of her with hubby and son enjoying the dragon dance that occurred just outside their door!


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