Even though you may still be recovering from last week’s over-indulgences, it’s not too early to start planning for the next new year’s celebration. Of course, you don’t have to wait until December 31–ring in the new Chinese year this February!
London boasts the largest Chinese New Year celebration outside of Asia, and they are planning a full event schedule that will delight tourists and locals alike.
Although the New Year officially begins on February 19, the festivities in London won’t start until Sunday, February 22. Head to Trafalgar Square for a lively, colorful parade, dragon dancers, and vendors selling traditional food and crafts. Nearby Chinatown will be offering special holiday menus–book now to guarantee yourself a table.
For more information on the London celebration, visit the London Chinatown Chinese Association’s website.
If you’re Stateside, you have several event options, though none will be as robust as London’s festivities. New York City has a firecracker ceremony on February 19 and its own parade on February 22. The Los Angeles parade is on February 21. Other major US cities will also be holding new year’s celebrations–check your local event listings for details.