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On February 21, streams of firecrackers announced the start of festivities to mark this year's Chinese New Year Ceremony in London's Trafalgar square.

Thousands of people enjoy London's Chinese New Year celebrations annually, which has become a real highlight in the capital's calendar of events.

It has been 20 years since the first Chinese New Year Ceremony was organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Organisation in London.

What started off as a very small community event in Chinatown has grown into a major public event in London, which attracts a lot of Chinese, Londoners and tourists in London.

The festive performances began with a traditional dragon dance, followed by wide-ranging talent displays, from traditional Chinese music to hip hop dancing.

A typical Chinese ritual during the New Year festivities is known as the 'eating of the green'.

During the ritual, Musicians bang drums and cymbals as a lion dances from shop to shop, leaping up to grab a cabbage hanging in a shop doorway.

The lion then spits out the cabbage to symbolise the sharing of prosperity.

In the Chinese tradition, every year is represented by one of twelve animals from the Chinese zodiac. This year is marking the Year of the Tiger.

 

 

 

 

by Xiangyi Yu

Firecrackers Announce Chinese New Year

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