Did you know that 2019 is the year of the Pig? And did you know that Chinese zodiac signs still play a huge role in marriage and career decisions? Maybe they don’t have such a big influence on your life. But if you’ve ever had the pleasure of joining the celebrations in the past, you’ll know Chinese New Year is a fun, family-friendly occasion you won’t want to miss. So if you’re looking for Chinese New Year events in London, here at Brigit’s Bakery we’ve got something very special cooking!
What’s the Chinese Zodiac?
The zodiac system has been around in Chinese culture since the Qin dynasty, which established the first empire in China around 230 B.C. That’s over 2,000 years ago! While we can’t be sure how it all started, it’s possible that the Chinese zodiac started off as a way to workship animals. Various legends exist to explain why the 12 zodiac animals were chosen and how they have anything to do with personality traits, fortune, and compatibility. And they certainly make for interesting reading!
The Chinese Lunar Year
In Chinese tradition, the turn of the new lunar year is traditionally a time to remember ancestors and pay a tribute to the gods. Families tend to get together for dinner and give children red envelopes of money, as a symbol of good luck. Red decorations are used to attract good fortune, happiness, wealth, and longevity, which is what we all want from a new year, right?
What’s your zodiac animal?
The twelve zodiac animals are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. The Chinese zodiac cycle repeats every 12 years, so make sure you check what your zodiac animal is. 2019 is the year of the Pig, and so were 1971, 1983, 1995, and 2007.
Were you born in the year of the Pig? It wouldn’t be a bad thing if you were, because people born during the year of the Pig have beautiful personalities. While they may not stand out in a crowd, they’re action-takers, work hard, have good fortune with wealth but also love having a good time. They’re energetic and enthusiastic. Apparently men tend to be optimistic, gentle, and focused, while women are full of excitement and easygoing.
If you want to know more about the Chinese Zodiac (and impress your friends this upcoming Chinese New Year), you can find out more interesting facts here.
Chinese New Year events in London in 2019
Also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year around the world, celebrations normally start on the last day of the last month of the Chinese lunar calendar and end a staggering 15 days later with the Lantern Festival. If you’re in London this February, we highly recommend you join the Chinese New Year parade. This year, Chinese New Year falls on the 5th of February, and the main events will take place on the 10th of February. Chinatown, Shaftesbury Avenue, Charing Cross Road will come to life through the beautiful parades and lantern displays.
You can follow the colourful parades across the streets of London and witness amazing pyrotechnic displays, martial art displays, and dragon and lion dances. You’ll also get to taste some delicious street food (Chinese food, of course) and join thousands of others keen to celebrate traditional Chinese culture. Trust us when we say you’re guaranteed a good time! Celebrations will then end in Trafalgar Square, where you can watch entertaining stage performances.
Celebrate Chinese New Year with Brigit’s Bakery
As always, here at B Bakery, we love a celebration. Give us a special occasion (especially a joyful, colourful one like Chinese New Year), and we’ll find a way not just to mark the event (in style) but to help you have the best time with your friends and family.
This year, to celebrate the Chinese New Year we are launching a themed bus (tours running between 8th and 10th February 2019 only) and a brand new menu.
For those of you with a sweet tooth, here’s what you’ll be able to enjoy:
- Black sésame macaron.
- Ginger, passion, and mango tart.
- Red choux with cream pâtissière raspberry.
- Lychee coulis.
- Choc cupcake.
And if you have more of a savoury tooth, what do you think about these?
- Spinach, sun-dried tomato, and feta muffin.
- Ham and cheese finger.
- Philadelphia and mint cucumbers fingers.
- Pork burger.
- Pretzel with Philadelphia and cucumber salmon.
Check out the Brigit’s Bakery dietary selection
If you don’t eat meat or have specific dietary requirements, fear not. We have something for you too! As well as traditional Afternoon Tea menus, we also offer vegan, vegetarian, halal, and gluten-free menus.
Celebrate Chinese New Year with afternoon tea on board of our themed B Bakery bus
So if you’re looking for any special Chinese New Year events in London this year, don’t miss out on the exclusive chance to celebrate on board of one of our beautiful vintage Brigit’s Bakery buses between the 8th and the 10th February 2019. As always, spaces are limited and our tours sell out quickly. So if you want to enjoy our Chinese-themed afternoon tea while we take you on a beautiful tour of London, book early to avoid disappointment.