The Chinese New Year fills the streets of New York's Chinatown with celebrations and colour. Dragon dances, large and colourful parades and lots of typical food are part of this tradition, massively celebrated in this city as well as in China itself.
February 16, 2018 marks the passage to the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar. The exuberant New Year parade takes the streets of Chinatown with lots of festivity, exotic dances and impressive dragon parades at the sound of drums. Red, yellow and gold predominate because they are colours with strong meanings of prosperity and wealth in the Chinese tradition. There are fireworks at noon, street vendors sell the delicacies of typical Chinese cuisine and people of all ages and different generations fill the streets, both to participate and to attend this magnificent event.
Tradition is maintained and the Chinese clean their houses for the new year as a symbol of the purification of souls and to welcome spring and the renewal of the soil. The day before, the families gather around a table full of traditional dishes, traditions and superstitions to attract luck for the coming year. Chinese restaurants are filled with families and, in addition to private parties, there are many public celebrations. Get caught by the magic of this millennial celebration, in the city that never sleeps!
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