Want to know which Southeast Asian countries you should spend Chinese New Year in? Discover the Southeast Asian celebrations and traditions! Here are some of the Southeast Asian countries that continue to take this celebration to the next level!
Chinese New Year, also known as “ Lunar New Year” or “Spring Festival” is widely celebrated by the Thai and Chinese community. Ranked as the 7th best place to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the world, the Bangkok Countdown is Thailand’s best new years party! The decade-old tradition celebrates by having live worldwide broadcasts, high-energy concerts and fireworks! The Lanterns and Lights at Chiang Mai Road also takes place in the middle of the festivities, where thousands of lanterns are released into the sky to welcome the new year.
Celebration of Chinese New Year in Malaysia has not changed very much in the previous years, but still remains vibrant and festive. Families hold reunion dinners and huge feasts, while dragon dances take place along the streets. It is mostly celebrated in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, two of the busiest cities in the country. Since it is tradition to wear new clothes on the first two days of celebration, shopping malls remain open. Open houses also take place, where owners invite neighbors, families and friends to celebrate the tradition inside their homes.
This is the most important event for the Chinese community in the Philippines and has been established as a public holiday, where schools and businesses are closed to give way to the festivities. Filipinos and Chinese celebrate this holiday to attract prosperity, hope and luck for the coming year. They celebrate by displaying fruits on the table, which is believed to invite good fortune, and they flood the streets with red ornaments and decorations. Parades and dragon dances are also anticipated, especially in Chinatown. Sparklers and fireworks are lit up to celebrate the birth of a new year.
4. Hong Kong
When Hong Kong celebrates Chinese New Year, it’s more than just fireworks and festivals. There’s nothing better than celebrating the start of a new year in one of the world’s most star-studded skylines. Hong Kong holds night parades and showcases neon depiction of animals onto the skyline lights. The luckiest snacks to consider are the steamed buns and skewered fishballs that you can buy in Cheung Chau Island. At the end of the day, it is the spectacular view of the fireworks that makes this celebration worth reliving and enjoying.
In Singapore, the Chinese New Year bazaar is one of the many traditions that people anticipate. Festive colors, new plants and decorations can be seen all around, and like other Southeast Asian countries, reunion dinners, traditions and well wishes take place in preparation for the new year. Extended families visit one another and spend a day of drinking, eating, gambling and celebrating the holidays.
Chinese New Year traditions in Indonesia was handed down by Chinese immigrants who continue to practice their ancestors’ way of celebrating the new year. In Indonesia, Chinese New Year is a time to show respect to those who have passed and gives thanks to the fortunes they have built. It is also a time to start fresh and begin with a clean new slate!
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