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CHINESE NEW YEAR

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The New Year's day is usually celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. After lighting incense sticks and sending food and prayers to the spirits of good fortune and departed relatives, comes the fun part, i.e. walking through Chinatown and watching the festivities such as lion dances, dragon procession, Chinese opera and so on...

Auspicious souvenirs
Auspicious souvenirs
Shops are selling everything from poultry, fruits and desserts to incense, candles, crackers and auspicious calligraphy. Auspicious calligraphy is expected to bring good fortune to the coming year.

Gold, banknotes, clothes, all made of paper, are also offered to the ancestors. Towards the closure of the ceremony, all of the paper offerings are burnt.

Dragon procession
Dragon procession
Brightly colored Golden dragon procession happens during Chinese New Year festivities. Dragon is referred as the divine mythical creature that brings ultimate abundance, prosperity and good fortune.

On Chinese New Year's Day, parades with big dragons happen. When the dragon passes by stores, the owner often lits crackers to ask for luck in business. These crackers are very long (2 meters) and it takes more than one minute for the complete explosion. Protect ears !

Red is nice
Red is nice
Red color is considered to be an auspicious color - a symbol of happiness and good luck. Hence for a very lucky new year, the dress code for the Chinese New Year festival is red. Some shops are only selling red tee-shirts.

For red envelopes ("ANG PAO") containing money, elders are supposed to give them to youngsters.

Inside Chinese temple
Inside Chinese temple
A visit to the temple is a must ahead of the Chinese New Year. It includes worship of celebrated deities and spiritual guardians at auspicious Chinese shrines.

On the Chinese New Year's day, family members visit each other and give each other money red envelopes called "ANG PAO". These envelopes contain money. On this day, chinese restaurants are very busy because all families are going out.

Red envelopes
Red envelopes
It is a Chinese tradition to give red envelopes with money in them as gifts.

Thailand has more than 60 millions of inhabitants. Around 6 millions of them have Chinese ancestors that immigrated to Thailand last century. So Chinese New year's day is an important public holiday.

Red dress
Red dress
With a large portion of Thai citizens descended from Chinese ancestry, the significance of Chinese social and cultural influences in Thailand is huge.

In year 2009 the gold shops in Bangok's Yaowarat district have discontinued business during the Chinese New Year for the first time in history due to gold prices heavy fluctuation.

Auspicious souvenirs
Auspicious souvenirs
Thai-Chinese descendants nationwide are worshipping the gods and praying to their ancestors.

Thai people of Chinese origin feast on great cooking and delicious foods such as steamed duck and chicken.

Red dress
Red dress
The elderly give "ANG PAO" to the children. They believe eating auspicious food and giving "ANG PAO" bring good luck and long happiness to the family.
Auspicious souvenirs
Auspicious souvenirs
Various auspicious souvenirs are available for sale. Red and gold lanterns remain forever popular sold items.
Auspicious souvenirs
Auspicious souvenirs
Various auspicious souvenirs are available for sale. Popular items are red clothes, papier mache dragons and so on...
Auspicious souvenirs
Auspicious souvenirs
It was believed red-coloured symbols, noise and fire could scare evils away. So during Chinese New Year festival, Chinese people celebrate by exploding firecrackers, pasting red inscriptions on their doors and hanging bright red lanterns from their houses.
Chinese restaurant
Chinese restaurant
Yaowarat district is very popular with Hong Kong tourists as they can enjoy genuine Chinese food (shark fin soup...) for a bargain compared to Hong Kong restaurant prices.

Crispy sliced pork is also popular among visiting Hong Kong tourists.

Chinese food
Chinese food
Along Yaowarat main street, visitors can taste and watch demonstrations of Chinese food cooking.

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Yaowarat is also famous for its many hot and cold dishes available day and night. It has more than fifty restaurants and not including the numerous roadside stalls.




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