The most beautiful Lunar New Year celebrations around the world

Updated 2019-02-07 15:05:00

Los Angeles' Golden Dragon Parade

This year, Los Angeles celebrates the 120th year of its historic Golden Dragon Parade – yes, this event is even older than LA's famous Hollywood sign! Each year hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers sprawl along North Broadway to witness a celebration of culture, history, and tradition as floats, marching bands and costumes pass them by. Read more.Image: Thomas Desperyroux courtesy of Time Out Global

Manchester's St Ann's Square

Manchester is home to the UK's largest and oldest Chinese community, so it seems only fitting that its celebrations are some of the UK's best. This Lunar New Year, St Ann's Square will be home to an enormous pig sculpture, created by the world-renowned artist, Alex Rinsler. Surrounding the pig will be a circle of piggy banks where visitors can drop a donation to Manchester's less fortunate – mimicking the Chinese tradition of giving hongbao to friends and family. Read more.Image: Phil Tragen courtesy of Time Out Global

New York's Firecracker Ceremony and Festival

What do 600,000 firecrackers crackling in the sky sound like? It sounds exactly like the banishment of an entire city's worth of evil spirits. Every year, herds of New Yorkers head to Sara D Roosevelt Park for the traditional firecracker release in order to ward off the bad omens of the past year. And, for those who still have their eardrums in check, there's lion dancing and parades to carry them into the streets of Chinatown after. Read more.Image: Joe Buglewicz courtesy of Time Out Global

Seoul's Fortune Party

During Lunar New Year, the bustling city of Seoul becomes relatively quiet as people head back home to celebrate with their families. But every year, Seoul's Korean Folk Village holds its Fortune Party where visitors can take part in traditional activities and events, including daljiptaeugi (ritual burning to bring upon good harvest and peace), sharing tteokguk (traditional rice cake soup) and more. Read more.Image: Korea Tourism Organisation courtesy of Time Out Global

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