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Celebrate and stay safe during Chinese New Year

It’s time for dragons, lanterns, and firecrackers – Chinese New Year is upon us! Also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, it will be celebrated across the world between the 5th and 15th February this year.

Find out more about how to stay allergy-safe whilst welcoming in the year of the Pig! 

Attending parades

  • Thousands of people will gather for parades in cities across the world, including London. Take extra precaution in these areas, as air pollution and cold weather can exacerbate symptoms of asthma.
  • You may be out for a long period of time, so have sufficient allergy medication, such as asthma inhalers, AAIs and antihistamines to hand in an accessible place.
  • The harsh cold weather can worsen eczema, so reapply an emollient throughout the day to maximise hydration.
  • Consider the pollen count – this will vary depending on the area you are visiting. Make sure to check the pollen levels and type of pollen. In the UK, tree pollen counts are high during February.  
  • Firework displays and lanterns are a regular feature at Chinese New Year celebrations, but the smoke can exacerbate asthma symptoms. You could avoid fireworks and use alternatives such as glow sticks, or hanging red paper decorations!

Food & eating out

Food is an essential part of Chinese New Year celebrations! Whether you choose traditional street food, dining in a restaurant or cooking at home you should take precautions.

  • Call restaurants ahead of your visit to find out if they offer food which will be safe for you to eat.
  • Make your allergies known to street food vendors and restaurant waiting and kitchen staff. You may want to outline your allergies in writing for clarity or purchase our translation cards
  • Cook ahead so that you have snacks to last you through the day if you want to avoid eating out.
  • Consider hosting your own meal at home to ring in the New Year, where you can check ingredients and avoid cross-contamination.
  • Don’t forget to read labels – ingredients can change, so if something was safe in the past, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is still safe.

We hope you enjoy the celebrations.

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