For many of us, Lunar New Year is one of the most festive seasons of the year. It is the time for family reunion, deities worshiping and ringing the new lunar calendar. This is also the perfect time for traveling around the world. These are the most recommended places in the world that you can visit to experience both the traditions and experience of Lunar New Year.
The mother of all Lunar New Year celebrations, Beijing, China organizes a string of carnivals, festivals, worship ceremonies and parties in town squares, parks and temples. One of the most popular ceremonies is the Heaven-worshipping ceremony at the Temple of Heaven. Besides that, crowds of people usually visit the Temple Fairs in Temple Parks around the city and admire the lion dances, drum shows and parades. Travelers can visit different Spring Festival Temple Fairs such as the Changdian Temple Fair, the Ditan Temple Fair or the Dongyue Temple Fair. Alternatively, visitors can choose to attend other amazing activities such as the Longtan Fair (a sporting event), Chaoyang International Carnival with performances or they can even celebrate new year at the local bars such as Houhai Lake Rooftops. Beijing, China is clearly a visiting place during Lunar New Year that you should not miss!
Hong Kong is famous for its big celebrations during Lunar New Year. The night parade in Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the biggest attractions. Visitors with children can make their Lunar New Year happier at Hong Kong Disneyland. And the Tamar Park, the Central Ferry Fries and the Victoria Harbour will give a perfect panoramic views for the fireworks. Hong Kong also offers a wide variety of activities during Lunar New Year, ranging from the flower markets, Hong Kong Well-wishing Festival to Chinese New Year Race Day and 2015 Lunar New Year Cup. Clearly, Hong Kong is a place not to miss!
Singapore celebrates Lunar New Year with so much enthusiasm that their events are even comparable to that of China. The bulk of festivities occur along the glowing streets of pre-war shophouses, temples and food market. Red and gold lanterns are strewn across the Victorian and Baroque architecture. There are various performances and competitions such as the Lion Dance Competition, carnival shows. Visitors can try the local delicacies at the Smith Street’s food market and watch local performances around Marina Bay Floating Platform or attend the Chingay Parade. Chingay Parade showcases performances from many different ethnic groups and cultures. This year Chingay Parade will be happening on 27th and 28th February, 2015. It is Singapore’s biggest street parade that you don’t want to miss.
The Lunar New Year in Vietnam is called Tết Nguyên Đán. For the Vietnamese people, Tết is considered the most important festival in the year when families can reunite and celebrate a new year together. During Tết, visitors should visit various places such as the Flower Festivals in Hanoi, the beautiful beaches in Danang or the Japanese bridge in Hoi An. In this year festival, the heritage town of Hoi An in central Vietnam will let tourists visit the Japanese bridge and 20 other cultural destinations for free from 18 to 21 February.
Bangkok is home to Thailand’s largest Chinatown and thus, hosting Thailand’s biggest celebration for the Lunar New Year. Millions of visitors celebrate this festive seasons through attending the parades and watching cultural performances that highlight the legacy of Chinese culture in Thailand. The beginning of the celebration is usually opened by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in Bangkok’s Yaowarat Road. Visitors can watch the Dragon Parades and also visit places of worship such as the Wat Arun and the Mang Nguan Ha Shrine. Alternatively, visitors can go to the Kuan Yim Shrine and Dragon Flower Temple in Chinatown. The Lantern Festival which occurs on the 15th day of the new lunar year will be an amazing event. Bangkok seems to be a perfect place to pay a visit during Lunar New Year!
I hope that you are enjoying this Lunar New Year and wish you prosperity, health and luck for the Goat Year!