2007: THE YEAR OF THE PIG
The Chinese New Year starts in January or February
(the date depends on the timing of the new moon).
In 2007 the Chinese New Year started on Sunday 18 February 2007.
In China this time is often known as the Spring Festival
. People celebrate
the end of winter with their friends and family and look forward to a happy
and prosperous year ahead.
An animal is used to represent each year. It is said that Buddha asked the animals
to meet him at the time of the Chinese New Year. Years are named after the twelve
animals which came, repeated in a cycle every 12 years. It is believed that
people born in each animal's year share some of the features of the animal's
was the year of the pig
(or boar). People born in pig years
(2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935) love good company and good clothes.
Although they are quick to lose their tempers, they calm down quickly as well
and all is forgotten. They get on best with rabbits and rams, and worst with
snakes. Their lucky numbers are six and seven, and water is their symbol. Some
people also refer to 2007 as the year of the golden pig
, which means
that babies born this year will have especially good fortune. A golden pig year
only occurs once every 600 years, according to Chinese folklore.
The 2007 Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown started with a grand parade.
The route began on The Strand (near Savoy Court) at 11am. It continued along
St Martin's Place and Charing Cross, before turning into Shaftesbury Avenue.
The parade finished opposite Rupert Street at about 11:45am.
The town crier went in front to announce the coming of the parade ...
... followed by pigs ...
... money gods, performers in traditional costumes ...
... dragons ...
... musicians, dancers ...
... and lions
During the afternoon (from noon until 5pm) there were Chinese cultural performances
on a stage in Trafalgar Square.
The timetable for stage performances in 2007 was as follows:
11:50 - Thanksgiving ; 12:00 - Opening ceremony / speeches ; 12:30 - Dotting
of the dragons' eyes, and appearance of the money god ; 12:50 - Dragon/lion
dances ; 13:00 - Guizhou Cultural Dance Troupe (1st performance) ; 13:30 - Jiangxi
Cultural & Art Troupe (1st performance) ; 14:00 - Shaolin Monks (martial
arts) ; 14:15 - Laure Chan (violin) ; 14:30 - Silk String Quartet ; 14:45 -
Leonardo di Lorenzo ; 15:00 - Kut-O Chinese Association: drums ; 15:10 - Guizhou
Cultural Dance Troupe (2nd performance) ; 15:40 - Nam Yang Pugilistic Association
; 15:55 - Laure Chan (violin) ; 16:10 - Kut-O Chinese Association: Chinese cultural
dance ; 16:20 - Guizhou Cultural Dance Troupe (3rd performance)
Chinese lanterns are put up around Trafalgar Square
Thousands of people gather to watch the performances
A dragon dance on the stage
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).
One of the gates
to London's Chinatown
The New Year is welcomed
in this restaurant's window
Souvenirs were sold from stalls around the squares and streets of Chinatown.
These pigs might be able to fly
This dragon toy is popular with children
For further details about the Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown, see:
For further information about China in London
events, see: http://www.visitlondon/china
Other China-related events in London in February and March 2007 include the
* On the evenings of Friday16 February and Saturday 17 February 2007 there is
a Chinese New Year Spectacular at Cadogan Hall
by a troupe of performers
from Guizhou province (for details and to book tickets, see: http://www.multitalent.co.uk
* On Saturday 17 February and Sunday 18 February 2007 from 11am-5pm there are
free Chinese New Year celebrations at the Victoria & Albert Museum
* Until Sunday 11 March 2007 there is a free exhibition of photographs exploring
the lives of Chinese families in the UK. This is being shown in the Studio Gallery
of the National Portrait Gallery
. See: http://www.npg.org.uk/live/wocherish.asp
* On Saturday 17 February 2007 there are several family events aimed at children
at the National Portrait Gallery. See: http://www.npg.org.uk/live/edfamilyevents.asp
* Between Sunday 18 February and Tuesday 27 February 2007 a series of films
produced by the Shanghai Animation Studio will be shown at the National Film
. See: http://www.bfi.org.uk/incinemas/nft/seasons/shanghai
* On Monday 19 February 2007 there is a Chinese New Year Party at the nightclub
No1 Leicester Square
, featuring Djs from the radio station Kiss 100 (Dj
free_key and Dj nibbler)
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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 2006 (Year of the Dog): Ideas/Album/ChineseNewYear2006
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
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