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12.04.2012, 00:34

Ethnic celebrations

If ethnic groups from other countries had not settled in Britain, the country would have been deprived of some of its more colourful festivals.

The Notting Hill Carnival

    If you walk through the inner London suburb of Notting Hill on the last weekend in August, you will find yourself among one of the largest carnival celebratoins in Europe. Its origins can be traced back to Trinidad , and to 1833 in particular, when the prohibition on Blacks gathering in large numbers was removed. This prohibition had meant that black slaves had been forbidden by law to take part in the European-style carnivals which the white population held. When the ban was lifted and the slaves were freed, black Caribbeans started their own carnival, with songs, dances and costumes that reflected their own culture. Since then, Carnival has become a strong Caribbean tradition, particulary in Trinidad.

When the number of West Indians in the UK increased sagnificantly in the early 1960s, members of the Trinidadian community in London decided to organise their own festival.

    Today the Carnival attracts over one-and-a-half to two million people during the three days, and every sort of music is played from African drumming to House. It is a celebration for everyone.

The Chinese New Year

    The Chinese New Year is the most important date of the year for the Chinese. The festival takes place at the beginning of February and celebrates the earths rebirth with the arrival of spring. Houses are cleaned out and decorated with lanterns, and incense is burned. Fireworks help to keep away the evil spirits. The New Year dinner is seafood and dumplings and people usually wear something red, which also keeps away evil spirits.

    Anyone can join in the celebrations in London. A huge dragon dances through the streets and there are stalls selling craftwork and food.

Many British-born Chinese moved out of the area years later, the local council transformed Chinatown into a tourist attraction. Today, the streets have Chinese sign and pagoda-like phone booths. Chinatown is full of all sorts of restaurants, food stores and specialist stores and specialist stores not just from China but all over the Far East: from Thailand, Indonesia, Japan and Hong Kong.


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