Wednesday, 13 February 2013

New Year Celebrations

No this isn't a really belated post.

Last weekend I was in Trafalgar Square watching the Chinese New Year celebrations - music, singing, and of course the lion and dragon dancing.

And, in true London style, it was freezing and pouring down with rain. But in between the rain and the crowds all carrying umbrellas (some of which blocked your view of the entire stage) I managed to take some photos. So enjoy.

 Trafalgar Square, complete with stage, clouds, and umbrellas

The Lion and the Dragon after the dotting of the eyes

The Lion dancing. It was done by two brothers from China who hold the record for doing this at great heights.

The Lion in mid flight.

Chinatown decorated with lanterns. You could hardly move through that part of London. It was so crowded and every restaurant had a queue coming out of it.

One of the many dragons dotted around London. It was also one of the few times that such a crowded part of London had become pedestrianised. The reason: there was a parade in the morning!

And by the end of the day, my feet were so cold that I couldn't feel them anymore. But that is the London way; if you can't hack the cold and the rain you won't be able to do anything.

So, for all of those who celebrated: Happy Chinese New Year!


Missed Periods said...

Happy Chinese New Year! Thanks for sharing your photos.

Shallee said...

What a cool experience! Thanks for sharing, I'm glad you enjoyed it despite the cold.

Maria said...

I didn't celebrate but can see that I missed something interesting....

Deniz Bevan said...

Happy Chinese New Year! And, say, belated congratulations on your new job! I hope you can still carve out time for your writing - I know the balancing act is hard for us all.