As we'd like you to join in on the celebrations and start the new Chinese Year with plenty of music, we're offering a 1/2 price discount on The Rough Guide To The Music Of China and Shanren's freshly released album Left Foot Dance Of The Yi until 2 February!
January 31 marks the first day of the Chinese New Year. Having left behind the year of the Snake, over a billion of people welcome the New Year, the year of the Horse, with festivities that last for 15 days. Celebrations are being held all around the globe, the biggest festivities outside Asia take place in London. This year, Trafalgar Square will see an official opening ceremony on Sunday 2 February at noon. Prior to that, a parade will pass along Charing Cross Road, Shaftesbury Avenue and of course, and end in Chinatown where you can expect smaller events to take place later on in the evening. Besides the performances in Trafalgar Square, local artists and up-and-coming acts will perform on a second stage on Shaftesbury Avenue.
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The celebrations are met with food, family, and a huge amount of fireworks to scare of evil spirits and bring good luck.The Chinese New Year also includes the largest annual mass migration in the world, as many migrant workers travel back to spend the holiday together with their family. The final day of the Chinese New Year is traditionally marked by a Lantern Festival when people walk through the streets carrying lanterns and light candles outside their homes.