The Year of the Pig may begin on February 5, but the parties go on for days.
Chinese New Year is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in mainland China, and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia.
Here’s how cities around the globe are celebrating with parades, fireworks, and festivals.
In China, the New Year is typically a time to return home to smaller villages. But Beijing has more than 20 million residents, plenty of whom stick around for celebrations throughout the city. There will be fairs in Ditan and Longtan parks, blanketing the city spaces with red patterned banners and lanterns. And while most city events celebrate Chinese culture, the Shijingshan Temple Fair (February 5-11) is known for its Western influences, and has European goods for sale and American costumed characters.
Giant fireworks fill the sky above Victoria Harbour during Hong Kong’s New Year celebrations, which are so popular that grandstand seats to the parade sell out quickly. Horse races at the Sha Tin Racecourse on the third day of the Lunar New Year (February 7) include special costume dances, and Hong Kong Disneyland features themed menus and gifts like chocolate gold coins, which are distributed at the entrance gate.and data.
Claiming to be the biggest Lunar New Year party outside of Asia (it’s a popular boast), the London celebrations are held on a stage in Trafalgar Square (February 10) and at food and craft stalls in Chinatown, not far from Leicester Square. The parade that departs from Trafalgar includes dragon and lion dances, acrobatics, and pyrotechnic displays.