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The year of the Rooster

The first time I went to see the Chinese New Year celebration in London China Town was three years ago with my university friends (check the post here). At the time, we only saw the lion dance and I thought that was it. Little did I know there was actually more to the Chinese New Year celebrations, and that the lion dance probably only consisted a quarter of it.

Last Sunday, my boyfriend and I went to see the full Chinese New Year celebrations in London China Town as volunteer photographers for LCCA. The celebration officially kick-started with the Grand Parade from Charing Cross Road to Shaftesbury Avenue. The parade featured international and local community acts, including Dragon and Lion dances, floats from China, and local musical and martial arts performances. Luckily, I was able to get a good position at the front to capture the whole parade, since I arrived slightly early before the scheduled time.

Afterward, we walked around China town and Trafalgar square, passing by craft and food stalls, mascots and stage performances. We also saw lion dances wishing good luck to restaurants by scattering lettuces - the Chinese word for "lettuce" sounds almost identical to the phase "to get rich".

Despite the rain that day, I enjoyed the celebrations and had fun capturing the event. It's not often that I go to China town to see the celebrations, purely because it's crazy that day with the number of people there. But it's definitely nice to go there once in a while because it really does adds to the Chinese New Year festive atmosphere.

"Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens"


























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