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Kanika Nevatia Dec 22 2014

Chinese New Year celerbrations around the world.

Etti Bali Dec 22 2014
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Welcoming the Chinese New Year 2015 with much fanfare and bonhomie, this year the festivities will commence from 18 February and culminate on 5 March with the Lantern Festival. Here is a round-up of the popular places where it is celebrated and what customs are followed during the 2-week long festivities. Let’s hear it for the “Year of the Sheep”!


The festivities in Shanghai are a reflection of the rich and vibrant culture of the city. There are numerous live concerts, theatre performances and parades. People visit temples to offer prayers and light incense at the stroke of midnight. A trip to Shanghai for the Chinese New Year will be an unforgettable experience!

Brightly lit Yuyan Tourist Mart (by Yuya Sekiguchi)

Hong Kong

The expansive skyline and the beautiful vantage points of the natural harbour of Pearl River make for a breath-taking view of new year celebrations in Hong Kong. Take a Harbour Cruise package, visit the beautiful flower market and watch the brilliant pyrotechnics.

Fireworks! (by ncburton)


Temple fairs were originally celebrated in Beijing (Peking) for religious purposes. To this day, many fairs are held at temples to mark the festivities around the new year. There is a wonderful display of Chinese folk arts, flower shows and gourmet Chinese food. Don’t forget to visit the Ditan Temple to witness the re-enactment of the Qing dynasty’s sacred ceremony.

Ditan Park Temple Fair (by Bridget Coila)


A spectacular show, the Chinese New Year celebrations in the city of London are the biggest in the world, outside of China! Parades, traditional floats, dragon dancers and folk acts are some of the highlights of the event. Chinatown comes alive with special decorations, themed menus and numerous stalls with ethnic Chinese crafts.

Traditional Parade (by Mark Tollerman)

New York

Of the five boroughs of New York City, a majority of Chinese population is seen in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. The Manhattan Chinatown was the first Chinatown in the city and has the largest Chinese population in the Western Hemisphere. This year, the parade in Manhattan will take place on 21 February with spectacular floats, dragon and lion dances, folk music and marching bands.

Colourful Procession (by Howard Brier)


There is a significant Chinese community residing in India, especially in Kolkata and Tripura. The Chinatown in Kolkata is named Tangra. Red is the predominant colour of the Chinese New Year, with many lanterns, flags and ornaments decorating dotting the homes and the streets.

The "United Friends Group" preparing for the festival (by Indrajit Das)

There are certain must-dos and strict must-nots to be followed during the new year celebrations. Here is a glimpse of some of the rituals that are observed in the Chinese community.


The new year is a great way to honour and cherish friends and family and what better way to do that than with food! Eating dumplings (jiaozi) is believed to bring prosperity, while long noodles ensure a long life. Tangerines symbolize luck and pomelo signifies status!

Dumplings (by Ruocaled)

Red Envelopes

The elders of the family hand out red “lai see” envelopes with “lucky money” to children. This is believed to bring good luck and is a blessing for long life and prosperity. But beware of the number 4 as it brings bad luck!

Packet full of money! (by Kenny Louie)

Cleaning the House

Throw away the unused, old items to make way for new beginnings. A clean house also symbolizes the settling of any old issues. But do not sweep your house on new years’ day or the first few days, else you will sweep away all the good luck! Houses are decorated in bright colours with crafts and symbols representing the Chinese culture.

Traditional Chinese Lamps (by Daniel Lee)

Family Time!

The festival is celebrated with family and is a great time to bond with your loved ones. Families come together and cook traditional meals. But they always remember to put the knives away as it is believed that knives “cut away” all the good luck that the new year has to bring.

Reunion Dinner (by Walter Lim)

Be a part of these grand festivities and plan a trip to celebrate this Chinese New Year as it is meant to be! Don’t forget to share your experience and add to this awesome list!

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