Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Image Courtesy: Ed Schipul used under the Creative Commons Licence

The Chinese New Year is observed not only by the Chinese but by many other countries throughout the world.

In Southeast Asia, Chinese New Year is a national holiday and considered one of the most important holidays of the year. In Malaysia, primarily in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Klang, and Singapore, the festival is celebrated with grandeur. Singapore witnesses one of the greatest celebrations in Chinatown that includes the Festive Street Bazaar, Chingay Parade, colourful floats, staged shows, multi-ethnic performances, a Fire Party and a lion dance competition. The Filipino-Chinese consider Chinese New Year as the most significant festival. The majority of non-Chinese Filipinos also join in the merriment. The Chinese-Indonesians have been celebrating the day since 1999.

The San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade is the greatest of its kind observed outside Asia. The street festivals, parades, decorated lanterns, multi-coloured flags, banners, drums and firecracker displays can be witnessed in the Kearny and Grant streets of the city.

Several western cities with notable Chinese populations also honour this memorable day. Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Wellington, Toronto, Vancouver are a few worth mentioning. Outside the Western Hemisphere, London, Paris, Sydney, Mauritius, Kolkata and Islamabad are the noteworthy cities that celebrate this auspicious day.

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