Lunar New Year 2022 – Year of the Tiger

It’s half way through January and those who celebrate Lunar New Year will be gearing up to welcome in the year of the tiger with festivities starting on the 1st February.

Not sure what Lunar New Year is? Head over to our “Celebrate Lunar New Year: Inspiration for the ESEA community and allies” post here to find out more

We’re always excited to see how people celebrating this time of year, through #ESEAEats, events, spending time with family and friends. As always, we want to highlight some ways in which you can support the UK East and Southeast Asian community and take part!

Ensure to follow covid-19 advice and guidance when attending events.

We proudly present the below guide of festivities which are being hosted and presented by UK based East and Southeast Asian people, businesses, and organisations.

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You can also check out our Instagram Guide for access to all the posts from the individual organisers. Happy festivities!

Events in the UK.
Ensure to follow covid-19 advice and guidance when attending events.

The Steamroom East x NicoNico Tiger Year Draw/Donate/Display ✨

Date: 29th January to 12th February.

Location: London, UK

Head to The Steamroom East to celebrate the new year, featuring artists: @artforthegentlespirit, @cheriekwok_illustration, @karon.draws
@mila.fantacy, @phngkengboon, @rachipao, @sketchykarr, @sminspiring_art

Attend workshop sessions to get creative and personalise your own red envelope.
Please keep your designs and messages light, full of good blessings and positive vibes only! Share with us your creations and tag @thesteamroomeast and @niconico_every

Guide minimum donation is £8 per Lai See with all proceedings going to @hackneychinese. The donations will go towards helping with renovations and moving into the Old Bath House, as well as contribute towards staffed roles.

Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebrations

Save the date: 30th January 2022

Location: London, UK

Head to @vietfp for updates

ESEA Sisters Lunar New Year event Hackney Chinese Community Service center takeover

Save the date: 3rd February 2022

Location: London, UK

Head to @esea.sisters for updates

Little Yellow Rice Co presents Lunar New year at Grub and Chapel Town Picturehouse

Save the date: 3rd February 2022

London: Manchester, UK

Kung Fu Hustle screening, ESEA Makers market, gin tasting and cocktail masterclass with Tarsier, drink specials, street food.

The Bitten Peach Lunar New Queer (wait list only) and Year of the tiger party (Tickets on the door)

Date: 5th February 2022

Location: London, UK

Lunar New Queer is waiting list only, Year of the tiger party is tickets on the door.

Ring in the new year with the annual Lunar New Queer show celebrating queer Asian drag superstars: @snakeboysunny, @jasonkwanmusic, @lustylovelace, @bindiyasworld, @yourdaddydrag, @shayshayshow

With performances all night long from @missasiathorne, @bindiyasworld@yourdaddydrag, @jasonkwanmusic, @lustylovelace, @snakeboysunny

DJs sets from, @mahatmakhandi, @juni_da_moment, @ms.g_dj, @shayshayshow@s.hivum


Delicious Malaysian delights for the New Year, including a deluxe hamper 😍 @yumyumkuih

Order here

Lunar New Year special eats by Rice Bandits

New Year cookies from @ricebandits

Order here

Rumble Crumble is back

Open for Lunar New Year treats to ring in the new year @rumblecrumbleldn

Order here

Gifts and creatives

Chinese New Year woodblock workshop by Yi crafts and InkJoyGraphy

Join @yicraftslondon and @inkjoygraphy for a woodblock and Chinese calligraphy workshops.

Dates and sign up links: 16th January, 30th January.

Location: London, UK

Spring Couplets by Ling’s space

Celebrate the new year with handmade calligraphy Chinese New Year Couplets to welcome the Year of the tiger

Order here (Googleform for ordering)

Kung Hei Fat Choy, Lunar New Year cards by sketchykarr

Ring in the Year of the Tiger Kar’s cute card featuring two tigers dressed in Lunar New Year outfits @sketchykarr

Shop here

Eco friendly greeting cards by Bert and Roxy by Jessica Yeong

Linocut eco friendly greeting cards @bertandroxy

Shop here

Lunar New Year Cards by Karlie Wu

Auspicious animals featured on 4 different designs by @wukarlie

Shop here

Lunar New Year posters by Edwina Kung

Tiger posters for your Lunar New Year needs @edwinakung

Shop here

Lunar New Year soy candle by & Chai

Happy Lunar New Year and Year of the Tiger soy candles  @_andchai

Shop here

Year of the Tiger Collection by Little Egg Crafts

Own all 4 of the new handmade gifts by @littleeggcrafts

Order here

Thank you for celebrating 1 year of #ESEAEats!

It has been little over a week since the 1 year anniversary and we wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you to this amazing community! We have loved seeing all your stories, photos, and foodie shares.

Here are some highlights of the celebrations:

A special mention to and for sharing so many stories! From #ESEADesserts, #TeamRoti, #TeamPotato, #ESEADrinks, and more! Thank you for getting stuck in and enjoying the hashtag with us.

Images of the Chinatown Stories: The community led walking tour. Photos by Charlotte Hu

“We wanted to create a space where people can tell their stories in their own words with their own pictures, where others who resonate can connect and learn something new,” 

— Anna Chan, gal-dem article #ESEAeats one year on: a celebratory movement of East and South East Asian food culture


East and Southeast Asian eats is not just for November 30th! Use the hashtag whenever you are looking for foodie inspiration, to connect with other likeminded people, to celebrate and share your East and Southeast Asian stories. The hashtag has always been more than just about food, it helps a community celebrate their heritage and culture, in a space which belongs to the photos and voices of those who build it.

Keep sharing and using #ESEAEats!

Images of the Chinatown Stories: The community led walking tour. Photos by Charlotte Hu

This isn’t the end!

We can’t wait to see what #ESEAEats you make for the holidays coming up, especially those you make with holiday leftovers! Those are the best mix of foods, ingredients, and creativity for those comfort meals.

For 2022, we can’t wait to share more of the #ESEAEats love and bring more awareness to this amazing space that you all contribute to and create.

Get in touch via if you want to take part in next year’s celebrations.

Images of the Chinatown Stories: The community led walking tour. Photos by Charlotte Hu