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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Year of the Green Wood Ram/Sheep/Goat: Lunar New Year Celebrations Around the World 2015

Chinese New Year Celebration, London, England
Thursday, February 19, 2015 begins the Year of the yáng, which can mean either the Year of the  Ram, Sheep or Goat. It is the beginning of the year 4712 (in some traditions, 4713) in the Asian lunar system, which is the Year of the Green Wooden Ram/Sheep/Goat.

This post covers Lunar New Year celebrations around the world for 2015.The post first indicates where the Lunar New Year is an official state holiday. The post then goes on to share the wide range of events taking place outside of those countries. The listing here gives 153 major celebrations (parades, galas or other celebrations) for the Year of the Ram/Sheep/Goat in 22 countries beyond where it is officially part of the tradition. Of these, 71 are in the United States, 19 in Canada, 17 in the United Kingdom, 14 in France, 13 in Australia, 4 in New Zealand, and 3 each in the Netherlands, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia, with the others spread across the globe.

That said, you may also be interested in reading three related posts on

1)  Lunar New Year Customs around the world at

2)  Year of the Ram/Sheep/Goat Some Background with the specifics for the character traits of those born in the Year of the Ram/Sheep/Goat in general and specifics for 2015 as the Year of the Wooden Ram/Sheep/Goatin particular. This post also explains whether this is the Year of the Ram, the Year of the Sheep or the Year of the Goat. You can read this at   http://davidvictorvector.blogspot.com/2014/12/year-of-goatsheepram-some-background.html


3)  Year of the Ram/Sheep/Goat: Business Impact .  This post covers the business effects from travel to special editions of coins, stamps and gifts for the Lunar New Year around the world. http://davidvictorvector.blogspot.com/2015/01/year-of-sheep-business-impact.html


The Asian Lunar New Year is a public holiday with varying lengths in several countries.

Many Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Bhutanese and Mongolian communities unofficially are closed for the entire New Year’s week (including the preceding or following weekends in many cases). The dates of observance for Tet in Vietnam and Seol in Korea may extend well beyond the official dates as well, especially in rural areas. This somewhat parallels the slowing or shutting down of work and school for Christmas in Europe, AustraliaNew Zealand and the Americas.


The Asian New Year in various countries is officially recognized by the state in 15 countries, as follows:

Bhutan: Officially off for Losar but the dates are not officially specified. As some festivities last up to 15 days, this means that the time when things are open or closed is somewhat unclear for about two weeks.

Brunei: The first Day of Lunar New Year is an official holiday. If that date lands on a Friday (the Islamic day off), the official observance is moved to the next day on Saturday. It is significant that the Chinese and Vietnamese in Brunei are only a minority, but the state still recognizes the first day of the Asian New Year as a sign of respect to an important minority population.

Christmas Island

Christmas Island: Christmas Island is a territory of Australia, and not a full country. Still, since (unlike Australia), the territory recognizes the first two days of the Lunar New Year as an official holiday, it is listed here. If the holiday falls on a Sunday (the Christian day off), it is extended until the following Tuesday.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong: Though technically part of the PRC, Hong Kong has considerable autonomous control. The first three days of the Chinese New Year are official holidays. This is one day longer than on the Mainland.


Indonesia: The first day of the Lunar New Year is a holiday. It is significant that the Chinese and Vietnamese in Indonesia are only a minority, but the state still recognizes the first day of the Asian New Year as a sign of respect to an important minority population.

Macau: Macau, like Hong Kong, is technically part of the PRC, but has considerable autonomous control. As with Hong Kong, the first three days of the Chinese New Year are official holidays. This is one day longer than on the Mainland.

Malaysia: The Chinese are Malaysia's largest minority and a major part of the overall society. As a sign of respect to that minority, Malaysia recognizes the first two days of Lunar New Year as official holidays.

Mongolia: Bituun (New Year's Eve) and first three days of Tsagaan Sar are official holidays.
Mauritius: Mauritius is the only nation in Africa to recognize the Lunar New Year as an official state holiday.

North Korea

North Korea: The first day of Seol is an official holiday.

The Philippines

The Philippines: The first day of the Lunar New Year is a holiday, although the Chinese community is a minority within the country.

People's Republic of China: New Year’s Eve and the first two days of the New Year are holidays in the PRC. That said, the government usually officially makes the New Year a seven-day holiday. By doing so, the Chinese may have the days off but are then required to work during either the preceding or following weekend (or another weekend if agreed upon). Businesses and schools, in turn, consider the two weekend days as being the weekdays that were missed. While this clarifies issues such as overtime pay or extra school days, this nonetheless makes predicting when something is actually shut down or open very difficult at this time of year.

Note also that Hong Kong, Macau and Tibet all are part of the PRC but have different Lunar New Year official times off (as noted elsewhere in this list).
Taiwan: In Taiwan the Lunar New Year’s Eve and the first three days of the Chinese New Year are official days off. Additionally, the fifth day of the Chinese New Year is an official day off for the Dragon Boat Festival (or Duan Wu Festival). This effectively makes the fourth day of the New Year an unofficial day off.

Tibet: Although Tibet is part of the PRC, Losar is officially recognized as a holiday for the first seven days of the Lunar New Year. This is done as a recognition of the cultural traditions of the Tibetan ethnic minority.

Singapore: Singapore recognizes the first two days of the Lunar New Year as official days off. Approximately 74% of Singapore's population is Chinese in ethnicity.

South Korea

South Korea: The first three days of Seol are officially recognized as a state holiday.


Vietnam: The last two days of old year and first three days of Tet are officially recognized as state holidays.

Year of the Sheep, Ram, Goat Celebrations Around the Globe

Of course, many of the most important parades and celebrations for Chinese New Year, as one would expect, taking place in China, Hong Kong, MacauSingapore and Taiwan. Similarly, Losar celebrations take place in Bhutan and Tibet; Tet celebrations in Vietnam, Seol celebrations in Korea and so on.

The emphasis here, though, is to show how widespread observances for the Asian Lunar New Year have become throughout the world and to encourage you to consider attending one of these if you live nearby.

Lunar New Year Celebrations in Asian Countries 
Without Lunar Year Tradition


* Jakarta, Indonesia http://newyearseveblog.com/jakarta-chinese-new-year/


The Philippines  

Manila's Chinese New Year Parade begins in Binondo.
The oldest Chinatown in the world, Binondo was already well established 
as a trade center when the Spanish arrived in 1521, and remains
an active center of Filipino Chinese commerce and culture to this day.


Nakon Sawon Chinese New Year Parade (left)
The Chinese community has been present in Thailand
since the Ayutthaya Period (ca. 1350 CE)

Lunar New Year Celebrations Elsewhere


Adelaide, South Australia http://www.chinesenewyear.com.au/ade_home.html

Perth, Western Australia  http://www.chinesenewyear.com.au/perth_home.html

Chinese New Year festivities in Sydney
include fireworks over the harbor


* Nanaimo, British Columbia NOTE: This is actually a joint Robert Burns Day / Chinese New Year Celebration this year. http://www.harbourliving.ca/event/gung-haggis-fat-choy/2015-01-24/
Nanaimo, BC is holding a joint
Robert Burns Day / Chinese New Year
Celebration for 2014

* Ottawa, Ontario  http://www.ottawaasianfest.com/

* Richmond, British Columbia  http://www.tourismrichmond.com/includes/calendar-of-events/Countdown-Night-to-Chinese-New-Year-of-the-Sheepat-Aberdeen-Centre/1032/

Vancouver's Chinese New Year Parade
annually draws over 50,000 spectators
who watch its over 3000 participants

Saint John, New Brunswick  http://www.ccasj.org/

* TorontoOntario http://newyearseveblog.com/chinese-new-year-toronto/

Rotterdam's Chinese New Year Parade

New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand's Chinese New Year celebration

United Kingdom

* Aberdeen, Scotland http://www.aberdeencentre.com/en/index.php

* BirminghamEngland  http://www.cnybirmingham.org.uk/

LiverpoolEngland   http://www.itsliverpool.com/culture/

Chinese New Year Parade at Trafalgar Square, London

United States

ButteMontana http://goldwest.visitmt.com/listings/15393.htm

* Chapel Hill, North Carolina http://www.nctacas.org/

* Detroit, Michigan  https://www.dcba.com/events/2015-dcba-chinese-new-year-gala/

* Eugene, Oregon http://asiancelebration.org

* Falls Church, Virginia http://www.chinesenewyearfestival.org/newsvideos/1-festival-news/30-biggest-chinese-new-year-festival-returning-to-falls-church
The Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing, Queens
is the New York area's largest with
over 4000 people marching annually
* Flushing, Queens, New York http://chinesenewyearblog.com/flushing-queens-cny/ (This is actually the largest New York City area Lunar New Year Parade).
HoustonTexas http://lunarnewyearhouston.com/
Los AngelesCalifornia (Chinese)  http://www.lagoldendragonparade.com/

Los Angeles, California (Tet) http://www.latetfest.net/?page_id=25
New YorkNew York  CHINESE NEW YEAR http://www.betterchinatown.com/

New YorkNew York (Harlem) SEOL  KOREAN NEW YEAR: http://www.koreanculture.org/?document_srl=548605

* Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  http://chinesenewyearblog.com/cny-lion-parade-philadelphia-chinatown/

PhoenixArizona http://phoenixchineseweek.org/

* Riverside, California: http://lunarfestriverside.com/

* Sacramento, California http://www.cnyca.net/

San AntonioTexas  http://all-goebook.rhcloud.com/get/san-antonio-chinese-new-year-festival-2015/

San DiegoCalifornia (Chinese Festival) http://sdcny.weebly.com/

* San Diego (Tet Festival)  http://www.sdtet.com/

San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade
is the largest one outside of Asia.
It is sponsored annually by Southwest Airlines.
San FranciscoCalifornia CHINESE NEW YEAR (the largest in the USA) http://www.chineseparade.com/

San FranciscoCalifornia KOREAN NEW YEAR http://www.kabanc.com/joint-new-years-party-kaps-kabanc-kacc-and-kci

San JoseCalifornia (Tet Parade) http://hoitetfairgrounds.org/history.php

Seattle,Washington TET FESTIVAL: http://www.seattlecenter.com/festal/detail.aspx?id=1

Sonoma CountyCalifornia (Tet Parade) http://www.sonomavietnamese.org/

* Stockton, California http://www.stocktoncnyc.org/

* White Plains (Westchester), New York http://wacany.org/

* Wilmington, Delaware http://inwilmingtonde.com/mobile/events/event.php?e=9362

Other Countries
* Dublin, Ireland  http://cny.ie/

* Helsinki, Finland  http://www.kiinalainenvuosi.fi/en/

Chinese New Year in Milan, Italy


There are undoubtedly many celebrations that I have overlooked here. Please do let me know events that you know about and share them on this blog if you would like to do so before the New Year begins. Also, I will try to include them next year.

Happy Year of the Sheep (and Ram and Goat)!


Chinese New Year, London, England: Chinese New Year Celebration, London, England

 Celebrants at Penampang, Saba on the island of Borneo: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/01/08/28-lions-awaken-for-chinese-new-year/

Binondo, Manila parade: http://epicstreet.blogspot.com/2011/02/manila-chinese-new-year-2011.html
Birmingham parade: http://www.cnybirmingham.org.uk/

Sydney Chinese New Year Fireworks: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ZbsLP5d7yh0/TU92FKZznNI/AAAAAAAAACM/Vsj5Q6XMYnk/s1600/CNY-Fireworks1.jpg

Vancouver Parade: http://vancouver.about.com/od/vancouverevents/p/chinesenewyear.htm

Rotterdam Parade: http://blog.habitatapartments.com/wp-content/upl/CNY-Rotterdam-2012.jpg

Wellington, New Zealand Chinese New Year: http://nzchinasociety.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/NewYear1.jpg

Paris New Year Parade http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Paris+Chinese+New+YEar&view=detail&id=FD0CA5B427ABD9225895D6826DFDF0B1C82081C6&first=0&FORM=IDFRIR

Flushing, Queens parade: http://queens.about.com/od/flushing/p/Chinese-New-Year.htm

Trafalgar Square London parade: http://www.toimg.net/managed/images/10173575/w482/h298/image.jpg

San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade: http://www.san-francisco-hotel-reservations.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/san-fran-chinese-new-year-parade.jpg

Washington DC Chinese New Year Parade http://0.tqn.com/d/dc/1/0/l/L/DSC01640.JPG

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