Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.

In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. On Sunday 10th February our Open Top Bus was out and about in Birmingham for the Chinese New Year Festival Committee.

From the organizers of the event:

“Following the success of recent celebrations in Birmingham to mark the Chinese New Year, the Festival of 2013 promises to be even bigger and better. The Festival of 2012 saw record crowds descend upon the Arcadian Centre. Mesmerising acrobatic and cultural performances coupled with glorious weather made it truly a great day out for all the family – especially as it was all provided free of charge.

Festival Committee Chairman, Jeffrey Yap said “As proven by previous years, the Celebration here in Birmingham is by no means confined to the Chinese Community. Each year we are thrilled to welcome people from all members communities to join in the fun and enjoy celebrating one of the oldest celebrated festivals in the world.

A chilly and wet day – not really ideal conditions for an open top bus – but we did not disappoint we were there – and our open top bus received a very welcome reception during the festival on its pre planned promotional event route around Birmingham City Centre.