The most beautiful Lunar New Year celebrations around the world

Updated 2019-02-07 15:05:00

Shanghai's Yuyuan Lantern Festival

Every year, Shanghai's Yuyuan draws millions of visitors for its world-class display of lanterns. The luminous creations come in all different shapes, sizes, and colours, depicting everything from fish (representing wealth and prosperity) to dragons (to represent good luck) – and of course, pigs. There's even a series of lanterns scrawled with riddles for those wanting to flex their brain muscles in front of friends and family. Read more.Image: Amy Snelling courtesy of Time Out Shanghai

Singapore's Chingay

Every year Singapore hosts a kaleidoscopic street parade called Chingay, which translates to 'the art of costume and masquerade'. Basically, it's a massive street parade fitted out with dazzling floats, colourful costumes, live performances, intricate props and fireworks. This year's Chingay event commemorates the Singapore Bicentennial, the 200th anniversary of the founding of modern Singapore, and we're betting it's going to be bigger and better than ever. Read more.Image: courtesy of Time Out Global

Tai Chi at the Sydney Opera House

Sydneysiders will be given the chance to take a tai chi class in front of the city's iconic sails for the Lunar New Year. The practice of tai chi is a spiritual one, bringing tranquility and peace of mind to the participant, while also providing the expected health benefits of physical activity. Read more.Image: Daniel Boud courtesy of Time Out Global

Tokyo's Chinese Spring Festival

Tokyo's Yokohama district is chaotic even without a global celebration like Lunar New Year. Throw that in the mix and you've got a debaucherous couple of weeks in Japan's little China. To celebrate the 33rd year of the event, the district will be hosting a program of activities and installations, including a massive countdown party (Feb 4); a parade of traditional costumes (Feb 16) and a spectacular Lantern Festival (Feb 19). Read more.Image: courtesy of Time Out Global

Vancouver's Chinatown Spring Festival Parade

Vancouver’s Spring Festival Parade is a celebration of the city's rich multiculturalism. Ringing in its 46th year, the parade is set to draw crowds of 100,000 as herds of people make their way from Millennium Gate to Keefer at Abbott. There'll be a dazzling display of traditional lion dance teams, martial arts, dance troupes and more. Read more.Image: Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver courtesy of Time Out Global

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