Chinese New Year’s Day in 2016 is on 8 February, and celebrations can stretch for about two weeks up to the Spring Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the new Lunar Year.
In the Thai capital Bangkok, Chinese New Year celebrations are mostly centered about the large Chinatown area, known locally as Yaowarat, which becomes thronged with crowds of people. Although Chinese New Year is a big occasion, the Lunar New Year is not an official national holiday and government offices and services stay open. Some firms may possibly close for the Chinese New Year.
On the day before Chinese New Year, Chinatown bustles with numerous events and modest parades in an entertaining construct up to the following day. On Chinese New Year’s day itself drummers, lion dancers and a lengthy dragon make their way to main temples.
The subsequent day is largely considered a day of rest, even though there are nonetheless events taking location about Chinatown.
The Spring Lantern Festival marks the official finish to the Spring Festival and colourful lanterns can be seen everywhere.
In Hong Kong a central element of the Chinese New Year celebrations is the International Chinese New Year Night Parade in the Tsim Sha Tsui tourist district of Kowloon. Every single year tens of thousands line the streets to watch this dazzling spectacle of neighborhood and international performers that transforms the habourfront area into a giant outdoor street celebration.
In 2015 the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade saw about 150,000 individuals take to Tsim Sha Tsui’s streets, and the 2016 event is promising the usual fantastic spectacle.
In Hong Kong most government offices, banks and public utilities close for the Chinese New Year public holidays. However, most shops and restaurants in the busiest districts remain open, some buying malls might extend their service hours and major attractions, theme parks and public transport operate as usual.
Street markets and stalls generally close on the very first and second day of the Chinese New Year (eight and 9 February in 2016) and resume business from the third day.
The Hong Kong Pulse 3D Light Show that lights up the nighttime Hong Kong sky by Victoria Harbour, will coincide with Chinese New Year celebrations from ten to 29 February 2016. This spectacular 3D light show with exciting audiovisual effects plays 4 times each night at eight.20 pm, 8.45 pm, 9.15 pm and 9.45 pm with every single session lasting about eight minutes.
The show is a sight to behold, as it turns the iconic Hong Kong Cultural Centre and Clock Tower in Tsim Sha Tsui into colourful canvases, adding to the festive ambience.
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