Thousands of people gathered in Central London for a parade that commenced at Trafalgar Square, in which Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band provided one of the highlight performances. Joining traditional dragon and flying lion dances, as well as a host of other acts, the Band marched along Charing Cross Road and finished just by the iconic Piccadilly Circus and London’s world-famous Chinatown.
The Chinese New Year London events are the largest outside Asia and attract hundreds of thousands of people each year. The size of the celebrations was apparent throughout the short route, as crowds 6-7 deep lined the streets to cheer on Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band. Numerous events are taking place during the two-week festival, with this parade and subsequent event on Trafalgar forming the highlights.
Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swamiji Maharaj is the current spiritual leader of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan. He is the heir to Acharya Shree Purushottampriyadasji Swamishree Maharaj, and sixth in the lineage of ascetic Acharyas, which descends directly from Lord Shree Swaminarayan.