Get your cheongsams and samfu ready as we enter another Chinese New Year! 2020 marks the Year of the Rat - a symbol of wealth and success. We uncover the customs around this festival to reveal some of the best countries to visit, simply to experience the many traditions and displays that represent the Lunar New Year.
Chinese New Year in Taiwan
If you’re ever in Taiwan during the Lunar New Year, you’re in luck as you’ll get to witness floating lanterns across city skies over the festive season. Imagine watching the lantern scene from Disney’s “Tangled”, but in real life! Among the most famous ones are Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival and Kaohsiung Lantern Festival that takes place along the Love River. Venture to Taiwan and gaze upon a sea of lantern lights cascading through the landscapes of Taiwan.
Tết in Vietnam
Vietnamese Lunar New Year also known as Tết falls on the same day as the first day of Chinese New Year. The joyous Vietnamese festive season is very much similar to Chinese New Year in Malaysia, with families in cars flowing in and out from every direction, en route to reunite with their loved ones and anticipating a table spread of nostalgic feasts upon arrival.
Seollal in korea
Lunar New Year in Korea is a three-day event that begins with people wearing a traditional dress known as hanbok. A ceremonial ritual, “seh bae”, then commences where they take a big bow to the floor, and make food and drink offerings to the spirits of their ancestors. After seh bae, the feast traditionally starts with a soup of thinly sliced rice cakes or dumplings that represent a clean start and new beginning for the New Year.
Chinese New Year in Australia
Chinese New Year in Australia may come as a surprise to some, but little did we know, it’s also well-celebrated in this slice of the world. Although not as traditional, there’s still much to see, celebrate, and eat. Many Chinese Australian families still gather for a festive meal and practice the gifting of ang paus. What’s more intriguing is that there are many free cultural festivals showcasing lion dance performance, dragon boat races and traditional food that is sure to float reminiscing memories of Chinese New Year back home.
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