Celebrity guests traveling to Asia this month will no doubt get to experience Chinese New Year celebrations. The holiday, which is on February 19 this year, is honored in many countries with significant Chinese populations who help usher in the start of a new lunar year with a series of festivals, giant fireworks, traditional lion dances and big family meals. Also know as the Spring Festival, the celebration starts on the second new moon after the winter solstice. It ends 15 days later, when the moon is full.
It goes without saying that one of the best places to take in the holiday is Hong Kong, which kicks off the festivities with an elaborate parade filled with dazzling performers in the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui on the 19th. (If you happen to miss the parade, all the floats will be on display at the Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees.) The city then hosts a spectacular fireworks show over Victoria Harbor and an exciting series of horse races over the following two days; Hong Kong Disneyland also throws a themed party and sells exclusive gifts.
In addition to being overwhelmed with events, the Chinese New Year sees Hong Kong transform into a gorgeous gem of a city, decked out in “lucky” red and gold decorations. With 2015 being the Year of the Goat (or Sheep), the city will no doubt be dressed with countless displays of the animal, and the stores’ shelves will be stocked with goat-themed luxury merchandise for sale—Adidas, for example, released a trio of special Year of the Goats sneakers.
Celebrity guests eager to see Hong Kong in all its Chinese New Year glory should consider booking one of our new City Stay vacation packages, which let you start your vacation a few days prior to your cruise–an ideal opportunity to create a more immersive experience, with time to check out iconic Hong Kong sites like Victoria Peak, Aberdeen Fishing Village, Man Mo Temple and Sheung Wan Dried Food and Herbal Market.
For more information, check out Celebrity’s City Stay vacation packages.