15 February 2018
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the celebration marking the start of the New Year in the Chinese calendar. New Year celebrations last for 15 days and commence with the second moon following the winter solstice each year. Commonly referred to as the Spring Festival, is marked by customs, rituals, and beliefs passed down through generations and is probably the most important Chinese holiday, a time where friends and family come together to give thanks and make plans for the following year.
Chinese New Year celebrations at Park Chinois commence on the Eve of New Year, also known as the reunion dinner on Thursday 15th February 2018. Chinese people all over the world will come together on this night to rejoice, give thanks and spend time with their friends and families.
There are 12 signs in the Chinese zodiac represented by 12 different animals, each with their own individual traits and characteristics. This year at Park Chinois we are celebrating the Year of the DOG, inviting guests and staff to celebrate with our DOG of GOD FORTUNE who will be welcoming guests with wishes of good luck and prosperity.
This Year of the Dog, Park Chinois is putting on a spectacular celebration including rolling out a new traditional Chinese New Year dining menu and one-off Year of the Dog cocktails as well as luxury fortune gifts. There will also be special entertainment with performances of the iconic Lion Dance as well as the traditional Face Change dance. This will be complemented by the in-house show troupe, who have produced a modern-take theatrical showcase of cabaret performances in Club Chinois.
For passers-by in the local area, as well as guests, the well-known façade of Park Chinois on Berkeley Square has been transformed by designer Jane Wadham into a celebration of the opulent Shanghai tea houses of the 1930s for the duration of Chinese New Year. A beautiful bird-cage-like structure, inspired by the shape of the decorative tea houses, has been created, adorning the front of the restaurant, blossoming with silk flowers and eye-catching, colourful birds.