Are you spending Chinese New Year Day in Bali? with Chinese New Year comes indulgent dinners with family and friends and interesting superstitions.
Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the most important celebration of the year in China. It usually lasts 16 days, from New Year’s Eve to the 15th day of the New Year – the Lantern Festival. (In 2020, the celebration starts on January 24th and ends on February 8th.)
If you are celebrating the year of the rat in Bali, there are many fun and colorful cultural events happening all over the island.
- Visit Ling Gwan Kiong
Ling Gwan Kiong is a Chinese temple located close to the old harbour of Singaraja. The temple is the perfect place to witness, the colorful Chinese New Year celebration in Bali. The lively dragon dance and a central gamelan (bronze percussion ensemble) display known as “Gong Kebyar” can be seen. You also can see the remains of colonial Dutch influence on the old buildings surrounding the temple.
2. Eat one or all seven lucky foods
During the Chinese New Year certain other dishes are eaten for their symbolic significance. Lucky foods are served during the 16-day festival season, particularly on New Year’s Eve Chinese New Year’s dinner, which is believed to bring good luck to the year to come.
The most common Chinese New Year foods include dumplings and spring rolls for wealth; fish to increase prosperity; Niangao for higher income and status; Longevity noodles symbolize a wish for longevity and sweet rice balls for family.
3. Go Shopping
One of the Chinese New Year traditions is to clean your home. Its believed cleaning drive the old things or the bad luck away from the house, and get ready for a new start.
Another chinese tradition is to wear wear brand new clothes on New Year’s Day, from head to toe.
For people in his or her zodiac year of birth, a piece of new clothing in red is needed. Red underwear is popular, while a red overcoat is also a common choice.
4. Visit Vihara Dharmayana Kuta
Vihara Dharmayana Kuta is an age-old Chinese Buddhist temple was one of the various Buddhist sites in Bali visited by Tibet’s 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, on his international tour in 1982, so it certainly has pedigree. It’s Bali’s oldest Buddhist temple which you will easily spot it with its bright red walls and murals.
5. Dine in style
What’s a Chinese New Year Day in Bali without chinese food? Dine at Mamasan in Seminyak with an offering of Asian fusion food presented in the colonial Shanghai style restaurant, or the famous Happy Chappy Chinese Restaurant serving traditional Cantonese-style Chinese food.
The restaurants and temples of Bali are a wonderful place to celebrate Chinese New Year but make sure you also have accommodation fit for royals at Haus Flora Bali!