25 Feb 2015

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Chinese New Year celebrations took place in London last weekend and I'm sharing some of my daughter's photos as well as some others of my own from last Sunday when DH and I were in Sheffield city centre for a morning church service and happened on a Chinese group parading through the streets on our way back to the car park.









As well as the parades, street dancing, music and stalls selling food there were special stage performances around the Trafalgar Square area.


Below Sunday morning in Sheffield.



The group had passed before I could get out my camera to take photos so I only got some back views. 'The Lion' was extremely lively and nimbly climbed up and down steps and along the edge of one of the raised pools outside the City Hall in the piazza called Barker's Pool!



'The Lion' dancing on the edge of the pool


Other entertainment was going on in Barker's Pool!  It wasn't my 'cup of tea' .........


so I'll leave you with some of the plants and flowers in the Winter Garden when I was in the city yesterday doing some shopping.  I was glad to spend some time in there on a very cold day.








23 comments:

  1. Lovely photos. Chinese New Year celebrations are always such a colourful affair, aren't they? They certainly put a smile on your face.

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    1. The Chinese New Year Festival celebrations are such lively and colourful events. I'm looking forward to meeting up with my Chinese and Vietnamese friends when we get back from our break. We'll share another meal together which they want to cook for us.

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  2. Happy New Year, did you go out for Chinese food afterwards?

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    1. Thank you. No, sadly we didn't, but we shall enjoy some Chinese food when we meet up with our student friends. Our daughter and her son had street food from the stalls when they were in London for the Festival.

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  3. if you had not said this was London, i would never have guessed it. i did not realize they have the Chinese new year parades there, i know they do here in NY and in CA and other places. i like photo number 3. a little of everything. so NOT London but i like it.

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    1. Chinatown London hosted a big event at the weekend in Trafalgar Square, Photos 7 and 8 show a glimpse of Nelson's Column and the National Art Gallery. Look on www.chinatownlondon.org to see more. I'll put a link on the post.

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  4. It looks really exciting. Rats,I went to London on Saturday but wish I'd got to see this!x

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    1. What a shame you missed the Festival! I think it was crowded, but my daughter had a good time.

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  5. I love to see the diversity that different cultures bring to our country. The excitement in Chinatown in London and Sheffield is tantamount.
    We had a Chinese special deal meal from Waitrose which was excellent.

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    1. Getting to know other cultures through friendship and involvement in traditional events is a good thing. I'm glad you enjoyed your Chinese meal.

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  6. Great photos... the vibrant reds look especially effective at this time of year! Jx

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    1. Thank you, Jan. It's certainly good to see some bright colours during these rather grey days in the UK! :)

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  7. How wonderfully colourful and exuberant, Linda. DH and I were travelling back from Yorkshire on Sunday and the radio traffic news kept mentioning the road closures ion central London for Chinese New Year. I can now see how necessary they were. :-)

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    1. It's good to hear from you, Perpetua. I'm sure you had a lovely weekend with your family in the York area.

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  8. Lovely vibrant and festive photos, Linda - the thing I remember about the only parade I've seen was the drums which accompanied the lion. The Winter Gardens look lovely it seems ages since we visited them:)

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    1. I've just included a rather blurry photo of the drummers who were walking behind the lion - you can just see the whole group in photo 11. They were walking so quickly, but obviously enjoying the occasion! I like to make for the Winter Gardens when I'm in the city centre and sit there for a while.

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  9. So wonderfully colourful and vibrant and celebratory!! How wonderful to see the great pictures of the lion dancing as well!! xx

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    1. I was pleased that we saw the Sheffield Lion Dance Team as they paraded through the city centre.

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  10. This post is bursting with vibrant colour, seeing those pics and the amazing plants in the Winter garden must have had you on a high! I loved your daffodil header too! xxx

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    1. Thanks Dina. It's been a good week. Have a good weekend!

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  11. Such wonderful photos...the Chinese certainly know how to carry out a celebration.

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    1. They certainly do, Tanya and I'm pleased that many of my friends are from China and the Far East that have either settled in our city or are studying here.

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  12. What fun! We don't have anything like this; not enough of a Chinese population here. Makes me wish there were!

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