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Published on : Monday, February 8, 2016
Beijing has put on its gala garb celebrating the New Year marked with festivity and feasting. Chinese love to visit temples and spend time with their family and friends on this special day. A huge fireworks display in Beijing marked the first day of the Year of the Monkey, one of the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac.
London observed a preliminary celebration on February 6th where the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square hosted a free Chinese New Year-themed family day, while Chiswick House Gardens launched the UK debut of the Magical Lantern Festival on Wednesday February 3rd.The display, which included a 66-metre long dragon, runs until March 6th.The biggest celebrations outside Asia are said to be in London on February 14. This year is the year of the Monkey and plastic monkeys are adorning shopping and business centres. London is coming up with gala celebration in Chinatown which is expected to attract thousands of visitors. The event starts from 10am. Not much is known on what is being planned yet, you will need to be in London be a part of it.
Dunedin too is celebrating the year of the monkey from 7 pm. Evening events will include a show by the Yunnan Art Troupe, which has been highly praised by both domestic and international audiences for its energetic and elegant performances in the past. Two years ago, about 5000 people attended, but up to 8000 might come to tonight’s event. Fireworks, food stalls and a dancing dragon will also be a part of the celebration.
Singapore has already started its celebrations from their first of nine consecutive nights of fireworks – with the display set for 9 pm each night throughout the festival. Processions and fireworks have unfolded from Sydney to Lisbon, New York
In Sydney the Opera House and Harbour Bridge were bathed in red light on Saturday night, although the year officially begins today. Sydney is hosting more than 80 events over the next two weeks. More than 600,000 people are expected to attend the largest Chinese New Year festival outside mainland China. 12 animal sign zodiacs have been set up in Sydney’s best known locations. 100 performers will put up a spactacular dance display from February 10 to 14.