The world's best Chinese New Year festivals

It's one of the world's biggest annual celebrations with cities all over the globe putting on colourful parades, fireworks and cultural performances. Here are some of the most amazing places to celebrate.   

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Or 'Happy New Year' in Mandarin!

In 2017, the start of the new Lunar Year falls on January 28 and it will be the Year of the Rooster. 

While there are various different legends and stories surrounding the origin of Chinese new year, it remains the most important event in the Chinese calendar to celebrate, spend time with family and wish for a happy and prosperous year ahead. 

Here are some of the world's biggest and best Chinese New Year festivals.

  • Beijing 

Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is China’s most important holiday. In Beijing, the New Year kicks off on the 30th January with a fireworks display to rival any New Year’s Eve celebration. The locals join in with their own fireworks creating a spectacular display of bright lights across the city.

  • Hong Kong

Often listed as one of the world’s most iconic events, the three-week long festivities in Hong Kong include a street parade and fireworks. There are also nightly light and sound displays, which are the largest in the world.

  • San Francisco

San Fran boasts the largest celebration outside of Asia (hotly contested by London) which has been running since the 1860s. The parade includes over 100 floats, which will be themed with this year’s Chinese Zodiac sign, the rooster.

  • Singapore

Chinatown is the place to celebrate in Singapore where fire-eaters and dancers light up the streets with outdoor performances. The main attraction is the Chingay Parade, which features the Procession of Giant Flags.

  • Auckland

Not to be outdone, New Zealand will also be busy with a number of Chinese New Year celebrations. In Auckland from February 9 to 12, the city will light up with the Auckland Lantern Festival.

The event will include outdoor movies, Chinese dance performances and martial arts as well as a must-see fireworks finale.

  • Sydney

There are numerous celebrations around Australia but the biggest and possibly best is held in Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival. This year the program runs from January 27 to February 12 with organisers promising "the largest celebration of the event outside mainland China".

The usual events to celebrate the Chinese culture include markets, a twilight parade and dragon boat races. And this year, there will also be giant lanterns representing animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac lining the Sydney harbour foreshore. 

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