It’s the year of the Fire Rooster

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! That’s right, people all over the world are coming together to celebrate the year of the rooster and this weekend celebrations are in full swing, as the biggest Chinese New Year celebration, outside of Asia, began in London.

Although, the main parade is held on Sunday it hasn’t stopped people flocking in their thousands heading for Chinatown to witness some of the festivities, the day before.

In Chinatown, a group of men and children donned the iconic dragon garment and treated the crowd to a traditional dance number, while a live Chinese band added a time-honoured atmosphere to the proceedings, for a moment it was easy to forget that Trafalgar square was just a few streets away.

The main parade will be gracing the streets of central London on Sunday, celebrating the past and present China. The crowd will be treated to a vivid display of fire crackers, martial arts, traditional dances and ancient Chinese customs. Plus, you’re welcome to try some traditional dishes from the many stalls and shops surrounding Leicester Square and in Chinatown itself.

For those of you born in the year of the rooster, I have some bad news for you. This may be your birth animal, but according to Chinese proverbs this is an unlucky year for you. But, don’t worry your defining features of fidelity and punctuality will help you make it through unscathed. Also, if you plan on playing the lottery your lucky numbers will be five, seven and eight. Good luck!

Don’t worry if you’re busy this weekend, Chinese New Year celebrations will be going on for at least two weeks. You can expect to see celebrations in South Bank, Trafalgar Square and other major London areas. So, there’s no excuse, get to London and join in with the celebrations, you won’t be disappointed.

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