Chinese New Year begins on January 26, 2009 according to the Chinese calendar. This holiday is celebrated by billions of people throughout the world from China to Vietnam to Australia to Canada. It is celebrated with family and friends and with fireworks and feasting. Each location has its own unique cultural take. In China, the entire country closes for a week. In San Francisco, the city hosts a month long celebration culminating in the largest parade outside China and in Vietnam the country is bedecked in flowers. There are also New Year custom’s common to every celebration: lanterns, dragon dances, drums and floats. Here are some my favorite photos showcasing Chinese New Year celebrations around the world.
1. Fireworks over Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong, China. Photo courtesy of Squidoo.
2. Chinese New Year Parade in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Photo courtesy of Scazon.
3. Dragon Dance in Malaysia. Photo courtesy of Chem7.
4. San Francisco Chinese New Year Spectacular. Photo courtesy of Divine Performing Arts.
7. Lanterns at the Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo courtesy of Jenniferphoon.
8. Chinese New Year in Shanghai, China. Photo courtesy of Augapfel.
9. In the parade in Sydney Australia, Photo courtesy of yewenwi.
10. Little drummers are surrounded by flowers as they celebrate the New Year festivities in Vietnam (Tet Festival). Photos courtesy of Alex.
There are thousands of other Chinese New Year celebrations of all sizes, from small family dinners to parades, and shows watched by millions. Gung Hay Fat Choy! If you plan to celebrate Chinese New Year in San Francisco, I suggest watching the parade and an early dinner at my favorite Chinese restaurant, Brandy Ho’s.