CNY 19 | What you need to know
Happy Chinese New Year!
What ‘The Pig’ has in store for 2019…
This year’s zodiac animal is The Pig - the 12th of the zodiac animals. The pig is associated with strong symbols of wealth and fortune. According to Chinese astrology, 2019 is going to be a great year to make money and an even better year to invest. The pig is said to attract success in all the spheres of life and will bring joy, friendship and love for all zodiac signs.
We've shortlisted the best things to do this Chinese New Year
Night Parade – HONG KONG
When: 8:00pm – 9:45pm February 5th 2019
Where: Tsim Sha Tsui
Always held on the night of Chinese New Year, the international night parade is one of the most expected annual events that takes place in Hong Kong. Transforming the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, the night comes alive with illuminating floats and street performers, attracting thousands of spectators. There’s no better way to welcome the New Year than with an unforgettable trip here.
Fireworks Display - HONG KONG
When: 8:00pm-8:23pm February 6th 2019
Where: Victoria Harbour
Classed as one of the best firework displays in the world, Hong Kong will hold its longest and most innovative firework display over Victoria Harbour on the second eve of the New Year. Accompanied with synchronised music, you can choose to watch the show via rooftop bars, harbour tours or harbour view restaurants. Either way, it’s impossible to miss! We recommend Aqua for uninterrupted views.
Penang CNY celebrations – Malaysia
When: New Years Day Eve
Where: George Town Heritage District
It is said that the Chinese community in Malaysia and the state of Penang throw the most boisterous Chinese New Year party; and they’re not wrong. Families reunite to gamble, eat and celebrate together, before going to the street party and open house that is held around the George Town Heritage District. You’re a tourist? Not to worry - Penangites mix with foreign visitors and bring them along to the celebrations.
Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam
When – 00:00 New Year’s Day
Chinese cultural influences still remain strong in some parts of Vietnam, meaning the Lunar New Year is still widely celebrated. Ho Chi Minh City is said to host one of the best celebrations in Vietnam, with fireworks being set off at the stroke of midnight in 6 different areas across the city. This will continue into the next few days, joined by an array of food stalls, book festivals and Vietnamese flower markets.