We think we can all agree that celebrating Chinese New Year is a #celebrationgoals - for lack of a better term.
Unlike the Gregorian Calendar, Chinese New Year is celebrated on a different date each year, which falls between 21st January and 20th February. It is determined by the lunar calendar: the holiday falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice on the 21st of December. This year, it fell on the 11th of February and will last for an entire 7 days until the 17th.
In China, it is known to be the longest public holiday celebrated that starts with the New Year’s Eve celebration and ends with the Lantern Festival. Most of the employees take at least seven to twelve days off from work, whilst students get a month off to spend time with their family and relax.
It’s quite a celebration indeed with plenty of food, centuries-old tradition, amazing fireworks, and colorful lanterns to end the festivities. No wonder a lot of people undoubtedly set Chinese New Year as a celebration goal for them.
With all the fireworks, food, and the reds, we can’t help but list down places that are ideal to travel to and visit especially to celebrate this time of the year. Consider including them on your next travels and try to visit during the Lunar New Year.
Photo from Visiting Singapore
Singapore is mostly comprised primarily of Chinese, Indians, and Malaysians; and therefore the Chinese New Year celebrations is a fascinating mix of old and new traditions as well as the influence that comes from many different cultures. From traditional lion dances to a modern-day firework show, Singapore’s rich culture undeniably celebrates the Lunar New Year their own way.
Photo from Hello Travel
The already colorful streets of Hong Kong are even made more vibrant during the Lunar New Year celebrations. They are known to celebrate this holiday quite enthusiastically. Everywhere you go - from the famous Tsim Sha Tsui to Victoria Harbor - both locals and visitors alike will have their fill of good fortune and blessings all around.
Photo from Viet Vision Travel
Chinese New Year is known in Vietnam as Tết Nguyên Đán Holiday or just simply as Tết. This Southeast Asian country is known to celebrate Tết in such a spectacular way with cultural shows, music, and more especially in cities like Hanoi, Hoi An, and Ho Chi Minh.
Photo from Take Me Tour
Bangkok is home to Thailand’s largest Chinatown. Famous for its nightlife and culinary industry, the streets of Bangkok’s Chinatown is turned into an even livelier setting once the Lunar New Year festivities began. The festivities are usually led by the Thai princess which can be seen partaking in almost all of the activities.
Photo from Think Magazine
Without a doubt, there’s no place better than China when you really want to experience Chine New Year in its authentic form. Famous Chinese cities like Beijing and Shanghai celebrates the Lunar New Year with all there is to it. Throughout the years, the Chinese have perfectly blended tradition and modernity together for their New Year. From a long string of carnivals, festivals, worship ceremonies, and parties in town squares, parks, and temples, it’ll make pub-crawling seem like for babies.
Of course, travel might be restricted still across the world. However, as things are looking forward slowly but surely, we can all hope that we’ll be able to visit these places very soon. In the meantime, add these cities and countries to your growing list of travel destinations, and we’ll see you at any RedDoorz hotels across the region very soon! For now, be safe!