Year of the Dragon celebrations are held in Trafalgar Square
Year of the Dragon festivities are held throughout the day on the 10th anniversary of Chinese New Year celebrations to be held at one of the main tourist spots in London, UK. 29th January 2012.
Today marks the 10th anniversary of Chinese New Year being celebrated at Trafalgar Squarein London UK. The festivity which has been given support by London Mayor Boris Johnson, hosts 100 world renowned performers including The Chen Brothers, who hold the Guinness World Record for the highest pole jump in the Lion Dance.
Chinese New Year is the longest and most important of the traditional Chinese holidays and is known as ‘Spring festival’ in China.It is also referred to as a “Lunar New Year”. The festival begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional calendar and ends on the 15th day with the lantern festival.
Within China the customs and traditions surrounding the new year vary widely. People will spend money on presents, food and clothing and it is also traditional to thoroughly cleanse the house to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck.
Each year is presided over by one of the 12 Chinese signs of the Zodiac. This year, 2012, it is theyear of the Dragon.