With low-cost air travel and the growing economy of China, more and more Chinese are choosing to travel overseas and experience different cultures. Some decide to stay as immigrants resulting in the increase in the size of Chinese communities in many major cities around the world.
It’s not surprising then that Chinese New Year Celebrations take place around the world and enjoyed by, not just the local Chinese communities, but by all residents. You will find that fireworks and firecrackers are a typical fixture of many Chinese New Year celebrations.
Everywhere around the world, different countries welcome the new year with a massive fireworks display in a public place so people can view and enjoy them, or simply set off firecrackers in their own backyards.
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Hong Kong: Huge street parties and parades are held in Hong Kong in order to ring in the new year. Another thing they do is hold the Well-Wishing Festival. People visit the Lam Tsuen, which is the famous shrine featuring the Wishing Trees, and where the Wishing Lanterns Lighting Ceremony is held.
The Chingay Parade is a much-loved event that heralds the Chinese New Year, with the parade making its way through the civic district. Today, this highly anticipated parade features spectacular sights and sounds as well as performances from performing troupes around the world. It also includes the traditional lion dance.
The River Hong Bao Carnival is a major fair held at the Marina Promenade in Singapore. This fair features a lot of food as well as decorations and artwork, and guests can also enjoy cultural performances. The fair is a great opportunity to enjoy not just the place, but to also welcome the new year in a pleasant mood.
On the 15th day of Chinese New Year in Malaysia, people celebrate Chap Goh Meh, which is basically a form of Valentine’s Day. What happens during this is unmarried women go to any lakes or rivers and throw tangerines; it’s a way for them to wish to have a good partner soon.
In the United States, parades and fireworks displays are very common, particularly in the cities with a rather large Chinese population. For example, in both San Francisco and Chicago, along ‘dragon’ is paraded through the city streets as part of the celebrations. One can also attend cultural events and exhibitions.
Whenever you find a Chinese community, you will find spectacular Chinese New Year 2019 Celebrations. The sights, sounds, colors, and events during this time are not to be missed.