Bored of the same annual Chinese New Year celebrations? Why not celebrate it outside Singapore then? Here are four destinations to check out for a quick vacay and Lunar New Year festivities. Let’s get started.
- London, United Kingdom: Non-stop performances
Kicking off London’s Chinese New Year celebrations is a grand parade featuring ten lion teams in one of Europe’s biggest lion dances. Then, head down to Trafalgar Square from 12pm as firecrackers mark the start of the stage performances, including traditional dance troupes, acrobats, dragon and flying lion dances, opera and martial arts performances.
Don’t miss the grand finale from 5.20pm in Trafalgar Square as monkey dancers and acrobats take to the stage to celebrate the Year of the Monkey and pyrotechnics illuminate Nelson’s Column.
*Ring in the Year of the Monkey in the city that never sleeps. New York celebrates Chinese New Year in style with dazzling visuals and performances. Kick-start the celebrations on 8 February at the 17th New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival where 600,000 firecrackers will be lit to welcome the Year of the Monkey.
In addition to the buzzing festivities, there will be lion dances, performances and food vendors at Sara D. Roosevelt Park to form a colourful parade. It is also believed that the more dumplings eaten during the celebrations, good fortune will follow for the year ahead.
- Hong Kong: 15 days of non-stop liveliness
Lucky you if you’re in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year, the city’s biggest and most colourful festival! It is impossible to not be caught up in the energy as you squeeze into crowded temples to pray for good fortune, browse festive markets selling auspicious foods and blooms and photograph the shock-red lanterns that adorn the city.
Experience a CNY like no other, with a fabulous parade of floats, international and local performers, a stunning fireworks show over the harbour, heart-pounding action at the race track, and so much more.
*Escape to Eternal City and experience the spectacular Chinese New Year celebrations along Via dei Fori Imperiali. Similar to traditional Chinese celebrations, expect a vibrant parade of kung fu artists, dragon dances and firecrackers that create a lively atmosphere.
In the evening, the main festivities begin at The Victor Emmanuel Monument and finish with a free firework display from the Caelian Hill.
*Information courtesy of British Airways
Book your tickets, pack your bags…and off you go!