2006: THE YEAR OF THE DOG
This photographs below were taken at the 2006 Chinese New Year celebrations
[ for a guide to this year's Chinese New Year event, see: Ideas/Album/ChineseNewYear
Can you spot the signs that 2006 was the Year of the Dog ...?
The streets just north of Leicester Square and east of Shaftesbury Avenue are
known as London's Chinatown (part of the area called Soho). Many Chinese businesses
and restaurants are located here. Lots of street stalls open for the Chinese
New Year celebrations, and hundreds of red lanterns are hung up (red represents
fire, which is believed to keep away bad luck and create prosperity).
CHARING CROSS ROAD / TRAFALGAR SQUARE
The celebrations began with a Grand Parade from Charing Cross Road to Trafalgar
In Trafalgar Square there was a traditional thanksgiving ceremony, followed
The dragons' eyes were dotted and there were dances by the dragons and lions.
During the afternoon there were cultural performances on the stage.
Firecrackers and fireworks are let off in the centre of Leicester Square, first
at 2pm and then at 5pm.
The traditional Chinese belief is that firecrackers scare away evil spirits.
For the second year, Sharwood's put on an event in Soho Square called "Wok
After collecting a free noodle meal, the crowd enjoyed entertainment on the
Beijing Opera performer
Chinese Elvis performs Elvis' songs ...
... with the moves as well
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This year's Chinese New Year celebrations: Ideas/Album/ChineseNewYear
Chinese New Year in 2008 (Year of the Rat): Ideas/Album/ChineseNewYear2008
Chinese New Year in 2007 (Year of the Pig): Ideas/Album/ChineseNewYear2007
Chinese New Year in 2005 (Year of the Rooster): Ideas/Album/ChineseNewYear2005
Chinese New Year in 2004 (Year of the Monkey): Ideas/Album/ChineseNewYear2004
Useful links for Chinese people coming to the UK: Links/China
Introduction to this website, in Chinese: Introduction/Chinese
What's on in the UK in January: Ideas/Events/January
What's on in the UK in February: Ideas/Events/February
Photos from other annual events: Ideas/Album
Home page: Home
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