Loud, colourful, joyous. That is how Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year, one of the most important cultural holidays for Chinese people, is celebrated. Whether you’re in New York City or Hong Kong, welcome the Year of the Rooster by soaking in the festivities at lively parades and carnivals.
Since 1987, people have been congregating at the River Hongbao carnival (above) to indulge in local delicacies, take a spin on amusement park rides, and watch pyrotechnics light up the night sky. This year’s edition will take place from January 26 to February 4, 2017 at The Float @ Marina Bay.
Then there’s the Chingay Parade, which is touted as the largest of its kind in Asia. Look forward to dazzling floats and performances by the Chinese, Malay and Indian communities – a reflection of the country’s multicultural identity. The procession will start at 8pm from the F1 Pit Building on February 10 and 11, 2017.
Celebrations in this Australian city primarily happen in Chinatown (Haymarket; above) from January 27 to February 12, 2017. Apart from savouring treats from street stalls and markets, you can also enjoy fringe events such as karaoke competitions and martial arts demonstrations.
One of the most anticipated events is the dragonboat race at Cockle Bay Wharf in Darling Harbour, where 12m-long vessels compete to the beat of a drum. Be sure to catch the massive twilight parade, replete with colourful floats, dancing lions and gaily-dressed performers.
New York City, USA
On January 28, 2017, festivities will literally kick off with a bang at the New Year’s Day firecracker ceremony and cultural festival. Held at Sara Roosevelt Park, there will also be lion and dragon dancers (above), craft vendors and traditional food stalls. Other events include a Chinese New Year concert put on by the New York Philharmonic, as well as workshops at the Museum of Chinese in America.
Meanwhile, the main Chinese New Year parade, starting from Mott Street in Manhattan, will take place in Chinatown on February 5, 2017, boasting giant lanterns, vibrant floats, and acrobats. Equally exuberant celebrations will also take place in the city’s other Chinatowns – Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and Flushing, Queens.