Life In London: The Year of The Goat

Hello and good morning all…

This was my first visit to an event such as the Chinese New Year celebrations, one of the largest events outside Asia. So every year, hundreds of thousands of people from many different backgrounds gather up in the West End to wish each other “Xin Nian Kuai Le” (Happy New Year in Mandarin) or “San Nin Faai Lok” (in Cantonese).

The Chinese New Year 2015 celebrations took place in central London, Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue.  As I walked through the busy street of Chinatown I came across performances from local artists and there were traditional food and craft stalls in various locations. The atmosphere was incredible; it was colorful throughout the streets with all the smells of Chinese food surrounding me, which certainly made me want to eat as I’m a food junkie too…

So, what is Chinese New Year? It’s huge festival among Chinese communities in London and across the world. Based on the lunar and solar calendars, the actual date of Chinese New Year varies, but always falls between late January and mid-February. Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. 2015 is the year of the Goat.

I used my Canon 5D mark iii with a 1.4, 50mm lens as I didn’t want to walk around with a larger lens and heavy gear making it harder to navigating though crowds. Recently my  old friend Samad from my home town moved to London, so I set him up with a 550D, standard kit lens.  He seemed to have fun clicking away and interacting with people during the event. I guess that’s the best thing about any photography; we get to meet a lot of interesting people with interesting stories.

I leave you with these photographs and hope that you enjoy what you see…

 

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