Chinese New Year is described as the world’s largest annual human migration, with millions of people travelling across the globe to join family and friends for the celebrations. Here in London, preparations for the festivities are already well underway in the Chinese community, in homes and public spaces.
So what can you do if you want to celebrate the Chinese New Year at home?
Consider giving your home a really deep clean in advance of the New Year. Are there things you no longer need or wish to take with you into the year to come?
If you are looking for decorating inspiration, Chinese New Year decorations are mostly red and gold, with red symbolising life and happiness and gold wealth and prosperity. Many of you will have seen red and gold banners, with New Year messages of Good Luck hanging in entrances to Chinese homes and businesses. Perhaps buy one for your own home and extend a warm welcome and wishes of good fortune to any visitors.
Oranges are a symbol of good luck, wealth and prosperity so perhaps fill up your fruit bowl and keep it full throughout the Chinese New Year period.
And if you feel like venturing a little further afield, there is a whole host of events planned across London over the festive period.
The London Chinese New Year parade sets off at 10am on Sunday 29th January from Trafalgar Square and weaves its way up to China Town, where you will find food in abundance, craft stalls and more…
The V and A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green will be hosting a day of workshops, music and dance performances for kids on Saturday 11th February from 11:30am.
There will be lots of other events across the city over the coming days. Click here if you are looking for inspiration.
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!