What are the best places to celebrate the Chinese New Year in 2015?
Published: 07 January 2015
The Chinese New Year which falls on the 19th of February this year is one of the biggest celebrations in China and surrounding countries where there is a large influence of Chinese communities. This celebration marks the start of the New Year beginning on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ending with the full moon on the day of the Lantern festival. This is the most important of the Chinese holidays and a huge celebratory parade takes place. Streets are filled with dancing dragons, crackers, fireworks and numerous stalls filled with delectable and savoury delights.
If you want to experience the true beauty of this festival, head to these destinations for an experience like no other!
With a high population of Chinese in Penang, this island’s celebrations are fantastic and a great experience. Colourful and lively parties and parades take place all over with locals and visitors joining in the fun! Enjoy the feasts and look out for the lion dances taking place too! The locals also practice a unique tradition during this time and on the 15th night, which is locally known as the Chap Goh Meh, single women write their contact details on an orange which is then thrown into the sea. It is a common belief that any of the men who scour the waters for these oranges will make good husbands.
Singapore city, Singapore
Chinese New Year is a wonderful time to visit Singapore. Celebrations begin a few weeks in advance where locals shop for new clothes, clean their homes and make beautifully decorated red lanterns. Streets come alive with shop houses, temples, clan houses and outdoor food markets selling delectable wares. Walk the streets of China Town and you will be greeted with lights and lanterns glowing in the traditional red and gold, dancing dragon shows, Lion Dance competitions and fire eaters! A wonderful time to visit this city.
Bangkok is home to a large community of Chinese, and therefore Chinese New Year celebrations here are a big thing. You will find a mix of traditional and modern celebrations with many members of the community taking time apart to pray to the gods and pay their respect to the ancestors first. Streets are lined with stalls selling anything from food to local handicraft items as colourful and lively parades pass by. Wherever you are in the city, as midnight draws near you’ll be able to enjoy the spectacular fireworks that light up Bangkok’s skyline.
To experience the true celebration of this festival, there is no place like home! Beijing is literally overrun by gold and red lanterns; a beautiful site. Most families celebrate the true spirit of this festival through historical traditions and give importance to the family and ancestors spending most of their time visiting and dining with members of the family. Many will even get together and pray to the gods through various ceremonies. Later, many will take part in the parades on the streets and join in the fun with thousands of others. Special lion and dragon dances, martial arts displays and food stalls line the streets. A memorable experience that will stay with you forever.
Festivals the world over are an excellent time to visit and experience the true culture of a community and country. Wherever you are lucky enough to travel to in 2015 and whichever festivals you experience, be sure to book your Flexicover Travel Insurance