China has more than 2 billion of populations, and many of them migrate to other countries and form distinctive communities. It is now wonder that many Chinese traditions have been blended with local traditions and create unique traditions, such as Chinese New Year Traditions. If you visit any country that has Chinese populations, you will encounter something unique from the country related to the Chinese New Year Traditions, even though the traditional elements of the traditions are similar.
Here are some great Chinese New Year traditions and celebrations around the world that you must see.
The Annual Golden Dragon Parade, Los Angeles
Los Angeles has had large numbers of Chinese populations since more than a century ago, so it is no wonder that the Chinese New Year tradition becomes a part of local culture. The Annual Golden Dragon Parade is a great spectacle in Chinatown area, where colorful floats, marching bands, acrobat groups and various cultural groups gather on the street. The parade is also a part of Los Angeles cultural and tourism promotion.
Chinese New Year Celebration in Singapore
In Singapore, Chinese New Year means spectacle in the Chinatown, where the streets are lit with traditional red paper lanterns and street bazaar is opened for public. Here, you can find a lot of interesting goods and delicious food. You can also watch various performances in Kreta Ayer Square, from traditional dances, music to martial arts.
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Twilight Parade in Sydney
In Sydney, The Twilight Parade is something that the citizens will not miss every Chinese New Year. This unique tradition has become a huge celebration, thanks to the rising numbers of Chinese populations in Australia. The Twilight Parade, as the name suggests, starts at dusk where thousands of people flock the main streets to see lively parade filled with dancers, marching bands, decorated floats, martial art and acrobatic groups and of course the famous lion dance troupes.
Chinese New Year Celebration in Paris
Paris may be a very ‘European’ city, but it is also a huge melting pot for various cultures and races, including the Chinese. Since the populations of Chinese and French-Chinese are quite large in Paris, Chinese New Year celebration is something that you cannot miss here. On the main streets, the colorful parade is packed with musical, acrobat and martial art acts, in addition to colorful floats that depict what Chinese New Year is all about. Meanwhile, Chinese restaurants serve special menus and appear with beautiful decorations. There are also many night stage and musical shows related to Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year Celebration in Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square becomes the center of Chinese New Year Celebration in London. Here, not only can you see parade and lion dance performances; there are also Chinese bazaars and art performances. People, including tourists, will flock here every year to see beautiful blend between Chinese and local traditions.
Chinese New Year Celebration in Canada
Various towns in Canada celebrate Chinese New Year in festive way such as Ottawa, Montreal and Ontario. The celebrations include colorful parade, street bazaars, art and music performances, and of course, the famous lion dance performances.
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