Where should you celebrate Chinese New Year?

The Chinese Lunar New Year (or Spring Festival) celebrations officially start on February 1, 2022, but generally, ceremonies, state, corporate and family festivities start beforehand and can last for a couple of weeks culminating with the Lantern Festival on February 15.

We look at what you need to know for the Chinese/ Lunar New Year 2022.

Everything You Need To Know About Chinese New Year 2022

In 2022, the lunar or zodiac sign being celebrated is that of the tiger. Throughout Asia in particular, some massive events are held and the hospitality and entertainment sectors are busy with many events, dining experiences and festivities.

Those born in 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, and 2022 are a Tiger!

There is usually a huge migration of people taking holidays, in China in particular where public holidays last for seven days, but it is also celebrated in Hong Kong, Macao, and other Asian countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Singapore and across the region (officially and informally).

With varying restrictions globally, many will look to regional and domestic trips.

Spring Festival 2022

Little Year - January 24 2022

The annual Chinese New Year isn’t until February 1 in 2022 but events start the week before (January 24) with Little Year. In this period, people prepare for the New Year by praying and cleaning the house to sweep away any bad luck that has accumulated over the past year.

Offerings are made to ancestors, which can be done from home through an ancestral worship altar (spirit house).

New Year’s Eve - January 31 2022

Traditionally celebrated with families and a feast, the extended family gathers together and also exchange red envelopes (Âng-pau). The red is associated with luck and prosperity and usually, elders pass them to the younger generation but it can be reciprocal.

This period can also witness fireworks and firecrackers being set off by those celebrating (culturally they are intended to scare off monsters/evil spirits and bad luck.)

Ang pau are customary over Lunar New Year (CNY)

New Year - February 1 2022

The first day of the new lunar year is celebrated with more fireworks and enjoyed with neighbours and friends as well as family. Tu Su wine is consumed to ensure a healthy year.

Lantern Festival - February 12 to 15

The festival is filled with activities, with eye-catching light lanterns fireworks, as well as dragon and lion dances which can often be enjoyed at Chinatowns across the globe. Also called the “Chinese Valentine’s Day”, usually streets are filled with those celebrating.

Some of the best lantern festivals in the world are considered to take place in:

  • China Lantern Festival
  • Hoi An Lantern Festival - Vietnam
  • Diwali – The Festival of Light - India
  • Yi Peng Festival & Loy Krathong Festival - Thailand
  • Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival - Taiwan
  • Vesak Day - Indonesia
  • Kaga Yuzen Toro Nagashi - Japan
Lantern Festival runs from February 12 to 15 2022

Where can you enjoy the Chinese New Year in 2022?

Capital cities, and entertainment complexes especially in Asia, will in some way be celebrating the Lunar New Year - but the long week of official and unofficial public holidays means there is also ample time to get away to islands and other relaxing or festive getaways.

February is still a fantastic time to travel, especially across Asia as the real hot seasons have not kicked in for many southeast Asia destinations. This means that city and island breaks are perfect for the lunar new year.

With so many choices in the Philippines, Malaysia, off the Thai and Cambodian coasts - charter trips are ideal for customised holidays.

Photo Credit (NagaWorld) - The decorations are up in Phnom Penh for the Chinese New Year

Cambodia

In Phnom Penh, NagaWorld has already decked out the property and the public lawn in front of the property with lavish red and gold decorations and they usually have special shows and performances as well as lion dances free to the public to enjoy.

Although not an official holiday in the country, many businesses will see disruptions over the course of the festivities. You can also explore more Cambodian and Phnom Penh helicopter tours and exciting packages with YUGO.

The Naga Chinese restaurants (Golden Bowl and Golden Chimes) have special auspicious dishes available including Crispy-fried Longevity Noodles with Double Happiness Abalone in Egg Sauce or a Treasure Set - an 8-course menu to cherish for tables of 4.

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Chingay50 in Singapore is a major event for Chinese New Year

Singapore

There are numerous activities happening around Singapore leading up to the actual celebrations in 2022 such as live performances, exhibitions as well as unforgettable dining.

Chinatown CNY festivities in Singapore include the lights which will be on display until 2 March 2022 as well as a Chinatown Wishing Tree until 15 February.

Spring Festival is celebrated with the Dahlia Dreams at Gardens by the Bay. It features  Chinese moon gates, a pair of rabbits and huge narcissus blooms, as well as 2,000 dahlias and azaleas, chrysanthemums and cymbidiums.

Chingay50 will offer an exciting multi-dimensional experience On Saturday, 12 February 2022

For some of the best resort and hotel experiences in Singapore, read our Guide here.

Thailand

Celebrations for the Chinese New Year are spread across two to three days in Thailand, and although it isn't a national holiday, there are an estimated 7 million Chinese in the country and the occasion is widely celebrated in Thailand.

Bangkok as well as the numerous island-paradises around Thailand offer an amazing array of choices that are easily reached by helicopter and private flights.

Bangkok is another major city that celebrates the Spring Festival

The biggest celebrations take place in Yaowaraj which is the Chinatown of Bangkok. The Royal Jubilee Gate, or Odeon Gate, will still be decorated, while Yaowarat Road (famous for its Chinese New Year celebrations) will also be decorated. A number of top-rated Bangkok hotels will also be serving special meals

Some islands will have small-scale celebrations but a famous Chinese New Year event in Nakhon Sawan is still on from January 25 to February 5, 2022.

Philippines

The Philippines is yet another island-getaway high in demand due to the beautiful selection of private and exclusive islands.

In Manila and across the country, Chinese New Year mixes unique local traditions and rituals. Filipinos who are Tsinoys are of mixed Filipino and Chinese heritage, so Chinese New Year is a major holiday in the Philippines.  The government of the Philippines has announced a public holiday on the day of New Year - so it is expected to be a busy occasion.

Special performances, dragon dances and fireworks, as well as Chinese food, such as the local sweet cake, tikoy, will be abundant.

Get in touch for a range of charter experiences in the Philippines.

Several malls in Kuala Lumpur will have events to celebrate CNY 2022

Malaysia

The country will be celebrating CNY and many of its Kuala Lumpur megamalls have events planned in 2022 from January to mid-February 2022. These include cultural performances (Lion Dance), CNY-themed contests as well as plenty of shopping deals.

You can enjoy amazing charter helicopter experiences to visit places in Kuala Lumpur and in Malaysia.  

Spend a weekend in the foodies-heaven of Malaka and read the latest on the exciting things to do to explore the island of Penang as well as other UNESCO sites in Asia.

Dragon and lion dances will be taking place globally to celebrate the occasion