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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the longest national holiday in China, spanning a total of fifteen days, and New Year’s Day is the most important date in the Chinese calendar.

The first three days of the new year are a statutory holiday but usually most people will have the time from New Year’s Eve to the sixth day of the new year off from work.

Chinese communities across the United Kingdom (UK) celebrate Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year. People organize large scale community and public celebrations.

What Do People Do?

Chinese communities across the UK hold New Year parades and public celebrations close to the first day of the Chinese year. These often include:

  • Lion dances in city centers and shopping malls.
  • Performances of traditional and contemporary Chinese dance and music.
  • Communal meals and tasting sessions of traditional Chinese and Chinese inspired foods.
  • Short courses and lectures on Chinese history, language and culture.
  • Exhibitions of art and crafts created by artists from China or of Chinese decent.
  • Displays of lanterns and fireworks.