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Grand Chinese New Year celebration held in London

By Zheng Wanyin in London | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-02-13 05:26

A grand Chinese New Year celebration is held at London's Trafalgar Square on Feb 11. The flying lion dance, as one of the event highlights, draws cheers and applause from the crowds. [Zheng Wanyin/China Daily]

More than 700,000 people in London joined in a carnival on Sunday organized by the London Chinatown Chinese Association, or LCCA, to welcome the Year of the Dragon.

The celebration, claimed by the organizers to be the largest Chinese New Year event outside Asia, commenced at 10 am with a diverse parade featuring handcrafted floats, dragon dance troupes, and displays of traditional Chinese costumes. The procession started from the east of Trafalgar Square and concluded on Shaftesbury Avenue in Chinatown.

During the parade, significant attention was captured by the traditional Chinese Puning Yingge folk dance, a national intangible cultural heritage in China.

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