If you are a fan of bangers and dragons, Chinese New Year is on 19 February and 2015 is the Year of the Sheep. We bring you three great ways to celebrate in London, Shanghai and Sydney. The Winter 2014/2015 guides (summer for Sydney) are still completely free and cover up until the end of February, so do click, download and get inspired to see more of the world this year.
The Year of the Sheep is nigh. Annual celebrations in London’s Chinatown are spectacular and very popular, with 300,000 people turning out last year. Following the mid-morning parade – complete with giant shimmying lions bringing good luck to Shaftesbury Avenue and Charing Cross – there will be traditional music and dancing in Trafalgar Square, and throngs of revellers throwing firecrackers up and down Gerrard Street. On 22 February. www.chinatownlondon.org.
Chinese New Year follows the lunar calendar and falls on 19 February 2015. For 15 days the city erupts with firecrackers and fireworks, believed to scare away evil spirits and bring good luck. You can buy your own at street stalls and join in the 24/7 noise-fest. At Longhua Temple, 108 people are allowed to toll the temple bell on New Year’s Eve (18 February). New Year’s Eve bell-ringing ceremony from 10pm-2am. www.cnto.org.
Chinese New Year in Sydney is a serious business. For just over two weeks, this festival transforms the inner-city streets, galleries, gardens and harbour into a whimsical mix of Chinese arts, culture and food events. The Dragon Boat Race competition and Twilight Parade are always highlights. Sample handmade dumplings, loll about in the tranquil Chinese Garden of Friendship or see live martial arts displays. From 13 February to 1 March. The Twilight Parade leaves from Sydney Town Hall. www.sydneychinesenewyear.com.