CELEBRATE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR IN LONDON
When is Chinese New Year? Lunar New Year, also referred to as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, is an annual event that falls shortly after the western new year’s celebrations have drawn to a close, usually between late January and mid-February. In Chinese traditional culture, each year is named after one of 12 animals.
There are many different ways to turn this cultural event into a memorable occasion and wish the London community "Xin Nian Kuai Le" or "San Nin Faai Lok.” Celebrate the Lunar New Year in London by exploring the wide range of activities taking place in Canary Wharf!
VERTUS PLUS COOKERY CLASS AND BANQUET
There are few better ways to explore the richness and diversity of Chinese culture than by learning about Lunar New Year food London traditions, many of which are thousands of years old. Celebrate this auspicious occasion with an exclusive cookery class hosted by Vertus+, which will teach you how to create sumptuous Chinese dishes that are traditionally enjoyed around this time of the year.
Once you’ve mastered the art of making dumplings, you’re invited to partake in a celebratory banquet alongside Vertus’ other residents.
LUNAR NEW YEAR AT THE NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
There are usually celebrations taking place nearby at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Guests are invited to travel towards Trafalgar Square to welcome in the new year with a range of performances, activities and parades at the museum, either in person or online. The programme is completely free to attend!
The event has been designed in collaboration with the Greenwich Vietnam Women's Group, Global Fusion Music and Arts, and the Newham Chinese Association. Tickets can be booked online to attend the Chinese New Year festival London, which will kick off at 2 pm local time.
LUNAR NEW YEAR IN LONDON
England’s capital city is also home to the Lunar New Year in London – the largest Chinese New Year celebration outside of Asia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets of the West End to enjoy a vibrant parade, free stage performances, traditional Chinese foods.
Celebrators can follow the hashtag #lunarnewyear or #CNYlondon on social media to enjoy an online programme of activities and events, view a special television broadcast, and see the iconic London Eye lit up in red and gold for the occasion.
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