Chinese New Year Celebrations 2014

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31 January - 05 February, Various times

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This year, January 31 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year - the Year of the Horse! 

The most important event on the Chinese calendar, the start of the Lunar New Year is a festive occasion involving family gatherings, traditional foods (a salad of raw fish for prosperity!) a street festival with fireworks and lion and dragon dances to expel bad spirits.

In the Netherlands, local Chinese communities in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam host their own annual festivals to celebrate the New Year.

Amsterdam

› Location: Nieuwmarkt Neighbourhood
› Date: February 1 

In Amsterdam, the celebration takes place primarily on the streets Zeedijk and Geldersekade. There will be a street parade with lion-dance starting from the Fo Guang Shan Temple at 1pm and of course the associated firecrackers and food offerings.

Other themed festivities include the Ming exhibition at De Nieuwe Kerk and special activities such as calligraphy and more lion-dances in de Bijenkorf!

The Hague

› Location: Rabbijn Maarsenplein Neighbourhood
› Date: February 1
› Programme: Click here.

In The Hague the celebration is focused in and around the Rabbijn Maarsenplein. Beginning with an opening ceremony at 12.45pm, the mini-festival features a lion and dragon dance, Chinese market, a variety of performances and a surprise closing ceremony.

chinese new year amsterdam
Photo by Flickr user FaceMePLS
Thumb photo by Flickr user Michiel020 

chinese new year amsterdam

Photo by Flickr user FaceMePLS 

Rotterdam

› Location: West-Kruiskade Neighbourhood
› Date: February 5
› Programme: Click here.

Taking place in the Chinatown of Rotterdam, the neighbourhood around the West-Kruiskade will be transformed for a festival featuring the products of local entrepreneurs, both traditional and contemporary performances organised by Studio Zi, a lantern procession for children and closing fireworks. 

There will be a preview performance on February 1 at the Stadspodium aan de Binnenrotte featuring a live kung-fu demonstration at 3pm.

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