Thousands of Londoners and tourists descended upon Chinatown and Trafalgar Square to celebrate Chinese New Year, the year of the Rabbit. There were activities all around the Chinatown area with the main stage in Trafalgar Sq. London UK. 06/02/2011
Celebrations had been occurring since the 3rd of February but today Sunday the 6th was the big day for the Chinese community in London. Central London was transformed into a hive of Chinese culture for the biggest and busiest festival outside of Asia. The events of the main day saw thousands hit the streets in and around the area of Chinatown.
There were 2 stages with performances ranging from music to fashion catwalks, a Kung Fu Panda zone and various food stalls dotted around the area. Roads were closed from Shaftesbury avenue all the way to Trafalgar square, which still did not manage to cope with the amount of people who were around. At times it was literally impossible to move in certain streets due to the sheer amount of people trying to see the various displays around.
There were tow main areas organised to show the contrast between the old and new of the Chinese culture. Shaftesbury avenue became a representative of Hong Kong and its vibrant community while Trafalgar square was host to more traditional forms of entertainment such as the talented Lion and Dragon dancers.
The day finished of with some spectacular fireworks displays at the main stage in Trafalgar square.
Plans are already underway for the 2012 celebration of the Chinese New Year, the year of the Dragon which will be the first major cultural event of the Olympic year.