If halls are decked with holly for Christmas, at the end of January or early February, most of Asia is adorned with red and gold lanterns to ring in the Lunar New Year. The new Lunar year is celebrated at the time of the second new moon after the winter solstice.
The event, which is often touted to be Asia’s biggest party, is celebrated with great pomp and splendor in countries with significant Chinese populations. Various Asian countries like Hong Kong,Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, China, and Taiwan along with Indonesia and Philippines all celebrate the advent of the new Lunar year also known as the Spring Festival or the Lantern Festival.
Each new Lunar year is associated with one of the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac and the fast approaching lunar year is the year of the Monkey.
We in Hong Kong are familiar with the Chinese New Year celebrations and events in our city where the holiday typically extends over three days, but what about the festivities elsewhere in Asia?