The next most anticipated holiday after Christmas, is the Chinese New Year (CNY) season for me and I am not alone. It is estimated that one sixth of the global population also celebrate it. CNY is also celebrated in a big way outside of China –with Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore leading the way as well as in Chinatowns across the western hemisphere.
Many Chinese have migrated overseas throughout the century to all corners of the world for better work and study opportunities. Hence, there are Chinatowns in most big cities worldwide. So after your reunion dinner with your family, head over to take part in the Lunar festivities wherever you may find yourself around the world this holiday season.
Asia’s Singapore Show Stopover
Start your official Singapore Chinese New Year with a bang literally – with fireworks and firecrackers at the Countdown Party and the official Light up and Opening Ceremony. The island-state of Singapore prides itself on its multi-ethnic makeup, which is most apparent during celebrations like Chinese New Year particularly during the famous Chingay Parade.
The USA’s Big Apple Chinatown Fiesta
New York’s annual parade stunning visuals, tantalizing treats and impressive performances. This street party features all sorts of vendors, food and festivities for all ages. The main highlight of the event is the lighting of 600,000 firecrackers at Sara D. Roosevelt Park, all to ward away evil spirits.
Australia’s Sydney Chinatown Showcase
Sydney’s The Rocks will be buzzing with a vibrant schedule of events from around Asia. Community groups will take to the stage, presenting opera, classical music, fashion parades, and martial arts shows. In addition, there will exciting Dragon Boat Races, where teams of up to 20 people paddle 12-meter long boats as fast as they can to the beat of drums.
UK’s Chinese magnet – the Manchester Chinatown
St. Ann’s Square Chinese food festival features pop-up market serves traditional bites like steamed buns, dim sum, and dumplings. There are Chinese New Year Film Festival and the family workshops at Manchester Arndale, offering kids and families the chance to try traditional Chinese activities, such as knot-making.
Canadian’s Vancouver Chinatown vibes
Vancouver’s Chinatown – the largest in Canada – comes alive as the Chinese New Year parade snakes its way through the city’s wide streets. Visitors are advised to come early and plan to stay late as the “Lanterns in the Garden” festival at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden will have plethora of activities held over two weekends, showcasing handmade lanterns and food market specialties.
Celebrate CNY festival wherever you are in the world
No matter where you and your family may find yourself during this Chinese New Year – there is a bountiful expression of Lunar New Year revelries with costume parades, dance, music, light, and sound around the globe.
Happy Chinese New Year!