The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival varies annually based on the lunisolar Chinese calendar. Events and festivities last for a few weeks, so celebration dates vary around the globe. Check out a few of the largest celebrations that will ring in the Year of the Monkey!
In London, the festivities begin on February 14 in the city’s Chinatown district. Chinese singers dancers and performers from across the globe gathered last year to celebrate. According to VisitLondon.com, the event is continually growing each year!
One of the largest American celebrations of the Chinese New year takes place in San Francisco California, which hosts one of the largest parades in the US. This year the parade will take place at the conclusion of the celebrations Saturday, February 20, 2016.
In NYC, public school students will have off from school on Monday, February 8 in to allow the cities large Chinese population to celebrate. Better Chinatown USA, the organizer of the NYC parade uploaded several pages of photos that capture the atmosphere and joy surrounding the parade.
Of course, the biggest and best New Year celebrations are in China – from Beijing, to Shanghai, to Hong Kong - American news outlets cover parades and fireworks from across the Pacific with a bit less fanfare. CNN & NBC will cover the celebrations and likely air the fireworks live. In addition, the History Channel has provided educational videos and facts about the historical relevance and traditions of this holiday.
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