Happy Chinese New Year of the Pig 2019

Its the Chinese lunar new year which this year happens to be the year of the pig. The pig is the 12th of all animals in the zodiac, the animals are in order of the time the arrived at Emperor Jade’s party. The pigs excuse he overslept! Pigs are a symbol of wealth and fortune in Chinese culture.

Each year cycles through five elements and this year it is the Earth element. The personal characteristics of a pig under the Earth element is as follows….

These Pigs are social butterflies with friends from all walks of life. They have a lot of support in both work and life. They have fortunate lives and can find happiness. They are successful later in life. However, they aren’t the most romantic people and might need to work on that.

Interestingly according to the zodiac calendar, Men born in the Pig year are optimistic and gentle and Women born in the Pig year are full of excitement. Leave a comment below if you agree with the definitions 🙂

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On new years eve (4th February 2019) the Coca Cola London Eye was lit up in red and gold to celebrate the start of a new lunar year. Organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA) with the main event in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 10th February. You can find out more information on their website, the link is below. Here are some of the photographs I took at the event at the Coca Cola London Eye with a few more on Flickr. I was invited to take some shots for the LCCA some of which you can see here, I even had my first visit on the London Eye.

Coca Cola London Eye changes to red and gold for the Chinese New year.
Lions and pig gather to celebrate the Chinese New year
Chinese lions parade beneath the Coca Cola London Eye
Lions and pig gather to celebrate the Chinese New year

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New Year events & Map

Below are the links to the map and a list of events and times that they occur on Sunday.

Events Programme on Sunday
Map of the zones










The Chinese New Year celebrations in London is organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association and is supported by The Mayor of London and Westminster City Council.


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