There can never be too many holidays! Don’t you agree? Although a traditional calendar says the New Year has already come, according to a lunar one, we are still living in 2016 until January 28th. So, turn on the holiday mode, head to the city center next Saturday and celebrate Chinese New Year with the rest of Amsterdam, enjoying dragon dances, fireworks and oriental food.
Chinese New Year’s Eve marks the beginning of the new lunar year and is the most important day in the Chinese calendar. It’s time for joy and rest, time for families to be together. Wherever they are, people come to celebrate the new year’s eve with their families, having a traditional “reunion dinner”.
According to the Chinese astrology, 2017 is a year of the Fire Rooster. As the Rooster is a symbol of dawn, luck, new beginnings and honesty, it seems like we’re in good hands! However, people that have the Rooster as their birth sign should be extra careful, as 2017 might be unlucky for them (at least that is what the Chinese astrology believes).
Amsterdam’s Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally take place around Zeedijk and Nieuwmarkt, which is Amsterdam’s Chinatown area. In 2017, the holiday falls on January 28th. Expect lion and dragon dances, firework shows and lots of Asian food, of course!
For those wishing for something more than street celebrations, we’d recommend taking a walk along Zeedijk. Heading towards the Central Station from Nieuwmarkt, you will bump into a real Buddhist temple. It’s hard to pass by as the building stands out from the typical Dutch houses surrounding it. The entrance is free and the temple is beautiful from both inside and out.
Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Happy New Year!)