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Where to celebrate the Chinese New Year


According to the Chinese horoscope and lunar calendar, the Year of the Earth Pig will begin on Friday, February 5, 2019. Where are the best destinations to celebrate the Chinese New Year 2019? AVI Insurance Holidays has selected 5 destinations around the world to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

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  1. Beijing
  2. Singapore
  3. London
  4. New York
  5. Hanoi

The Chinese New Year tradition

The celebration of the Chinese New Year is anchored in many cultures and regions of Asia. With family and friends, many festivities and customs mark the upcoming year: distribution of New Year gifts to the youngest in red envelopes (Hongbao), lively parades and dragon dance, not to mention the fireworks and firecrackers intended to drive out evil spirits.

Based on the lunar calendar and the Chinese horoscope, the Chinese New Year is celebrated during the second new moon since the winter solstice. For this holiday, an animal is associated with an element: after the Year of the Pig, the year 2018 will be the one of the Dog of Earth.

The Chinese New Year is also called the Spring Festival (agricultural festival) in China and / or Tet holiday in Vietnam. The celebrations last 15 days, from the new moon to the first full moon, and end with the traditional Lantern Festival.


A myriad tastes gastronomy

During this time of the year, each aliment has its own meaning. The tradition says to eat fish as a sign of profusion, noodles for longevity, and bamboo, whose green color represents youth. The New Year's meal ends with New Year cake (Moon cake), a red bean rice cake, as a source of luck and prosperity. The meal must be generous to bring health and wealth to each family member for the coming year.


Where travel to celebrate the Chinese New Year? By AVI holiday insurance

To discover the best of Chinese New Year festivities, AVI International has selected 5 destinations to travel and immerse yourself in the Asian culture. Be ready to live an unforgettable experience at the other end of the world!


Beijing is one of the liveliest city during Chinese New Year. Fireworks and firecrackers announce festivities in all the streets.

Join the crowd to be immersed in the Chinese culture and go to temples where locals burn incense for their offerings. You will feel the special spirit of this happy holiday, with red lanterns hung throughout the city to ward off evil spirits.


Go to Chinatown where you will be dazzled by the illuminations all over of the streets and the many entertainments organized to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

The grand parade of 'Chingay' announces the arrival of spring. With dancers, musicians, acrobats and dragons, it is a breathtaking show guaranteed! Don't forget to bring back lucky charms and decorations to remember your trip.


London is one of the capital out of Asia where Chinese New Year is best celebrated.

Many Londoners meet in Soho's area, the local Chinatown, to enjoy the New Year. With parades, dances, fireworks and entertainment stands, Asian culture spreads throughout the city for unforgettable celebrations.

New York

In the United-States, the Year of the Dog is celebrated with a huge parade in the heart of Manhattan, in Chinatown.

If you are on holiday in New York at this time of the year, we recommend you not to miss it! As enormous as New York, the parade is a magnificent show in the colors of Asia. If you want to enjoy more, go to the Sarah D. Roosevelt Park to see the beautiful fireworks to welcome the New Year.


Vietnamese celebrate Têt holiday for the lunar new Year. They party for 3 days and decorate their houses with votive objects and lanterns of all kind. Parades are organized in the city center and the famous Banh Chung (traditional Vietnamese rice cake made from glutinous rice) is made and tasted on this occasion.

Everyone comes to the pagodas to burn sticks of incense and to give offerings. Tet in Hanoi is undoubtedly a lively festival, culminating in the fireworks fired at midnight on the banks of the Petit Lac to welcome the New Year with joy.

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The AVI Travel Insurance Team