Chinese New Year: ‘Hope, harmony, home & health’

Programme of events and activities planned, after traditional celebrations were cancelled due to pandemic

Friday, 28th January — By Tom Foot

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Seeing in the Chinese New Year in Trafalgar Square in 2019

THE West End’s Chinese New Year celebrations may have been called off because of Covid-19, but the Year of the Tiger is not forgotten.

A one-off night market is being held on Monday, from 5pm to 10pm, in Newport Place, Soho.

There is also an online programme of events and activities that will culminate with a special television broadcast on February 6.

The London Eye will also be lit up with red and gold.

Hundreds and thousands of people normally descend on the West End to enjoy the colourful parade, free stage performances, and traditional Chinese food.

The festivities take place across the West End, from Shaftesbury Avenue down, Charing Cross Road to Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Leicester Square.

The event is organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association.

Its statement said: “Following lengthy consultations with our local agency partners, the LCCA has decided that for the second year running, the traditional London Chinese New Year 2022 celebrations cannot take place in their accustomed manner, considering the very large numbers of the public drawn to the annual event.

“This has not been an easy decision for us.

“However, the health, safety, and wellbeing of everyone must come first.

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“In wake of this news, we take inspiration from the upcoming Lunar New Year’s animal zodiac. 2022 is the Year of the Tiger; they are kind, benevolent, courageous, and have rich emotions. No matter how many obstacles they face, they never give up.

“Although the team here at LCCA and the whole country face ongoing uncertainty regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, we keep in mind the symbolism of Chinese New Year celebrations, Hope, Harmony, Home, and Health.

“We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the NHS, health workers and others whose ongoing efforts and hard work keep us all safe. We express our heartfelt gratitude and utmost admiration for their dedication during these challenging times.

“From all of us here at the London Chinatown Chinese Association, we wish you and your loved ones a prosperous Year of the Tiger 2022 and hope your new year is abundant with enjoyable times and good health.”

It added: “The LCCA warmly invites you to visit a special night market in celebration of Chinese New Year 2022 – the year of the tiger. Enjoy a variety of stalls that showcase Chinese cuisine and culture!”

• See the Visit London website for further announcements about the alternative programme of events.

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