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Chinese New Year in Amsterdam
January 22 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Celebrate Chinese New Year in Amsterdam’s Chinatown. The Chinese New Year begins every year between 21 January and 20 February, on the second new moon after the 21 December solstice. In 2023, the Chinese year 4720, The Year of the Rabbit, begins. In 2023, Chinese New Year falls on 22 January.
Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, is the most important event in the Chinese calendar and is celebrated worldwide. On this day, Chinese people gather with their families, and rituals involving food, sacrifices at temples and the colour red take centre stage. Superstitious people can indulge themselves during Chinese New Year: according to the Chinese, you can eat your way to happiness. Thus, yu sheng (raw fish salad) and fai-hai (seaweed) are on the menu, both of which bring luck and prosperity.
Parade with dragons and lions
On New Year’s Day, an impressive parade with dragons and lions is held on the Zeedijk, the main artery of the district. These mighty animals are supposed to drive away the evil spirits. Around this street, fireworks are set off and food stalls are organised in the open air. Music undoubtedly plays an important role, with drums, gongs and cymbals.
Most activities take place near the Nieuwmarkt. This district is also known as the Chinatown of Amsterdam. You will find a real Buddhist temple here: the Fo Guang Shan He Hua. At this Chinese temple, the annual Chinese New Year celebration takes place.