Thursday, May 13News For London

The West Meets the East: London Celebrates The Chinese New Year in Style

Soho’s Chinese New Year celebrations were alive and full of colour as they welcomed in 2015: ‘The Year of the Sheep’

Reporters: Jipsa George  @jipsarosey and Li Ying

Sub-Editor: Cristiana Ferrauti

The Dragon Parade 2015 in Trafalgar Square Credits: Jipsa George
The Dragon Parade 2015 in Trafalgar Square
Credits: Jipsa George

Thousands of people joined the celebrations in London to welcome the start of a New Year for the Chinese community.

The parade started in Trafalgar Square, where handcrafted floats led a procession to Shaftesbury Avenue, followed by dance, music and acrobatics to entertain the crowd.

The event is known to be one of the biggest celebrations outside of Asia, bringing many people together despite their cultural differences.

Jipsa George reports:

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The Year of the Sheep

Caption: The Sheep. Credits: A-A Island Blog
Caption: The Sheep. Credits: A-A Island Blog

The Sheep – also referred to as the Ram or the Goat – is the eighth sign of the twelve year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

The Chinese community commonly regards sheep as an auspicious animal, and the Year of the Sheep, therefore, heralds a year of promise and prosperity.

What’s lucky?

  • Lucky Colours: brown, red, purple
  • Lucky Numbers: 2, 7
  • Lucky Flowers: carnation, primrose
  • Year of Birth: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

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