While New Year’s Eve has already been celebrated in most places, the new year hasn’t rung in yet for everyone.
According to the Chinese zodiac calendar the new year doesn’t start until February 1, 2014. Festivities will take place from January 31 until February 15, 2014 to celebrate the start of the Year of the Horse.
Celebrating Chinese New Year
As I’ve never celebrated Chinese New Year myself, I asked some of my fellow travel bloggers to share their experiences with these celebrations.
Chinese New Year in Hong Kong
“After celebrating Chinese New Year in Hong Kong, it quickly become one of my favorite holidays. From the brilliant red and gold colors everywhere, to the buzzing Lunar New Year markets and the energetic events that go on throughout the whole city, Chinese New Year is a feast for the senses.
With 15 days of celebration, there is a large-scale event on almost every day. One of my favorite experiences was watching the famous Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade. Taking place at night, the colors and choreography that go into this event are amazing. Sure you’ll be surrounded by a few thousand overly-excited people, but that contagious energy is just part of the fun!”
Chinese New Year in New York
“One of my favorite travel experiences is to happen upon a special event. I’ve been lucky several times in NYC to be there around Chinese New Year. Most recently, I experienced the aftermath of the big parade by walking down narrow side streets closed to traffic and witnessing the festivity and excitement that goes with clanging cymbals, smoky firecrackers, and colorful confetti. Watching children give gifts of money in traditional red envelopes to bouncy dragons was lots of fun, too.”
Chinese New Year on Hawaii
“Chinese New Years celebrations in Hawaii are usually held in large parks or squares in almost every island in the State due to a large Chinese population throughout the Islands. On Hawaii Island, an annual celebration takes places at the Mo’oheau bandstand and grounds in downtown Hilo. The festival is lively and colorful with performances and music, crafts and food booths along with various Chinese New Years shows and other live presentations. It’s a fun time to be out exploring, enjoying the displays and shows and trying something delicious from the various local food vendors. It’s a small town atmosphere celebrating local style and enjoying a wonderful celebration in Hawaii.”
– Noel from Travel Photo Discovery –
Chinese New Year in Taiwan
Matt Gibson has written an interesting post about the Yenshuei Fireworks Festival held in Taiwan. A short clip that will undoubtedly raise your curiosity:
“I climbed atop a concrete wall about 25 meters away to get a better view. I knew that I would be more exposed than if I were in the crowd on the street, but this was a much better place from which to photograph and record the eruption of fire. The only barrier between me and the the enormous hives of firworks, which combined were about the size of a semi-trailer cut in half, was a telephone pole. I heard a crackling and fireworks began to shoot up into the air. Then there were several ear-popping booms, like cannons going off, and with each boom a pair of large yellow fireworks rocketed into the night sky like anti-aircraft shells. Then, the noise faded away. There was a short silence, and the crowd began bouncing. Everyone was hopping from one foot to the other. There was a loud screech and fireworks began firing in all directions–including into the crowd. I pushed my body against the telephone pole my iPhone in one hand recording the spectacle on video, my Nikon D80 in the other snapping pictures as fast as possible. I could feel the fireworks glancing off of my hands and arms.”
Have you ever celebrated Chinese New Year? Let me know in the comments!