The Lunar New Year is fast approaching, so if you’re planning on celebrating, it’s time to get those plans set in stone.
The official start to the new Chinese calendar year is Feb. 5, 2019 and some celebrations last as long as 15 days. So where should you go to ring in the Year of the Pig? Here are four locations, near and far, to consider.
Celebrate the new year in the Chinatown district of Singapore. Check out the amazing, ancient architecture and bask in the glow of the many lanterns strung along the streets.
For something truly unique, enjoy the Lion Dance Competition, featuring two dancers carrying ornate lion costumes.
Round-trip flights from New York City to Singapore from Feb. 1 – 8, 2019 will run you roughly $750, according to Google Flights.
The biggest lunar year celebration of them all takes place in Beijing. Travel to this vibrant city for the fairs, dances, food festivals, drum performances and more. On Feb. 4, 2019, the Lunar New Year’s Eve, prepare for a fireworks display unlike any other you’ve seen.
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Want to save some cash during this trip? Book a stay at a local hostel, as rooms typically cost just $8 to $15 per night.
San Francisco, California
If you’d like to celebrate the Lunar New Year closer to home, try the Chinese New Year parade in San Francisco. The festival began back in the 1800s and is now one of the biggest in the world. Each year, roughly three million people attend the festivities.
For a more kid-friendly Lunar New Year party, head to our nation’s capital. Your little ones will find plenty to do at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s free party. There’s traditional Chinese paper cutting, acrobats, a scavenger hunt, lantern making and more.
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