The Chinese New Year marks the first day of the lunar calendar.
The date varies from late January to mid-February. This is the most important annual festival of the London Chinese community. The next Chinese New Year is The ''Year of the Pig''.
The Chinese community marks the start of the New Year in a great colorful, noisy parade which marches through the city's main roads.
The impressive parade with big dancing lions' dolls intends, according to the tradition, to bring good luck to the houses and shops on its course. The parade is a unique tourists' attraction.
Due to the numerous visitors during the festival day and the high demand for accommodations it is recommended to check hotel rates and book rooms well in advance.
Dancing shows, traditional music and Chinese operas are displayed on the stages in Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square.
Later on, the Chinese restaurants in Chinatown become filled with celebrators enjoying authentic Chinese meals.
The noises of the Chinese fireworks are added to the noise of the fireworks which decorated London's sky with lot of colors.
This is a magnificent day that can't be missed.