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The UK’s 1st virtual Chinese New Year Celebration.

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Date: Sunday 14th February 2021

Time: 19:30pm


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The UK’s first virtual Chinese New Year celebration. British Stories of Chinese Culture: The Past, Present, and Future!”

For the first time in the UK, Chinese New Year 2021 celebrations will be streamed online for audiences to enjoy from their living room. UK Shaolin Temple presents a unique Chinese New Year celebration to mark the Year of the Ox 2021. The online feature brings together your favourite Chinese New Year performances of Chinese Lion and Dragon dances, music, dance and folk arts, with people’s stories of their Chinese New Year traditions. In addition, people will give their reflections on the Year of the Ox by sharing the personal stories of strength and overcoming adversity. The free online feature will be premiere on Sunday 14thFebruary 2021 at 7:30pm on Youtube.


Chinese New Year 2021 is kicking off in Southampton this spring using a brand new medium. UK Shaolin brings the colour, fun, and festivity of Chinese New Year in a feature-length show streamed from your favourite devices. The film incorporates the beloved Chinese New Year arts, activities, and celebrations, with short interviews from people sharing their stories of Chinese New Year traditions. 2021 ushers in the Year of the Ox, which symbolises strength and hard work and, to mark this new energy, our feature showcases people’s personal stories about overcoming adversity and celebrating hope and new beginnings.

The show will feature everyone’s favourite Chinese New Year acts, such as vibrant Lion and Dragon dances, traditional Chinese dance and music, martial arts demonstrations, and Chinese cultural workshops to try at home. A range of other performers from all backgrounds will also delight and dazzle audiences with their energy and artistry. Some well-known faces may also feature to wish you a Happy Chinese New Year.

Join us in marking Chinese New Year 2021 Year of the Ox with this original production that you can enjoy from the comfort your living room.


Chinese New Year 2021 begins on Friday February 12th 2021 that kicks off a series of celebrations that culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 26th, 2021.

Chinese New Year 2021 marks the entry to the Year of the Ox; preceded by 2020 Year of the Rat.

In Chinese astrology, the Ox symbol is associated with characteristics of integrity, dependability, strength, and determination. In addition, Oxen are known for having great patience, and a desire to make progress; so they can achieve their goals by consistent effort. Oxen are not much influenced by others or their environment, but persist in doing things according to their ideals and capabilities.

Feb 4th–11th

Little Year

Preparations for the new year begin on February 4th, 2021, and last until New Years Eve.

Feb 12th –Feb 22nd

Spring Festival

Chinese New Year officially begins on February 12th, 2021, and ends on February 22nd.

Feb 23rd – 26th

Lantern Festival

Preparations begin the 23rd, and the Lantern Festival is held on February 26th.


Chinese New Year has been celebrated for centuries in China and all around Asia. It is also known as the Spring Festival and the Lunar New Year, and marks the start of the new Lunar Year. An array of colourful celebrations usually start on the last day of the last month in the Chinese lunar calendar, and end on the 15th day of the first month with the spectacular Lantern Festival.

Chinese New Year is based on numerous legends, myths, and traditional ways of life; and the many symbols and decorations within New Year Celebrations derive from these origins. Any Chinese friend or family will know about the story of the wicked mythical beast Nian, who was defeated by an old man armed with firecrackers, and red paper talismans. We are sure they will happily tell you all about it.

The Chinese New Year festival is also the perfect time to remember your relatives, and your wider family lineage. On Chinese New Year’s Eve, families and friends come together to enjoy each other’s company, eat a sumptuous dinner, play games, and children will often receive red packets filled with money for good luck.

Another tradition leading up to Chinese New Year is to clean your house, which is of the utmost importance to wash away any bad luck from the current year, and to make your living space open to good luck in the coming year. Additional preparations include decorations at certain openings such as doors or windows. These paper decorations are usually coloured red and gold, lucky colours in Chinese culture, and feature calligraphic symbols denoting wishes for good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity.

Chinese New Year is celebrated across the whole world, bringing people of all ages and different cultures together celebrating with their local communities. Join us in Southampton this Chinese New Year and see in their ancient festival with your local community.

For the latest updates on this event, follow the official #CNYSouthampton hashtag on social media, follow our facebook page and visit Southampton City Council’s Events page.

We look forward to see you there and celebrate the start of year full of love and generosity.


We are still accepting cooperation and support requests from businesses, organisations and institutions. If you and your team would like to get involved in one of our Chinese New Year Celebration events, please contact us to secure your place and discuss options. Just email: or call us on 07739732612.

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You can also follow the official #CNYSouthampton hashtag on social media.

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