Enjoy the Lunar Chinese New Year or Spring Festival 2017 in Manila, the Philippines with unique traditions and rituals. Many Filipinos are Tsinoys who are people of mixed Filipino and Chinese heritage. That’s why Chinese New Year is a major holiday in the Philippines. In Hokkien language that most Chinese Filipinos speak, Lunar New Year greeting is Kiong Hee Huat Tsai. That means “Congratulations and Be Prosperous”.
CNY Celebrations & parties
Manila offers beautiful celebrations of Chinese New Year. This year the celebrations will be even more magnificent because the Government of Philippines has announced a public holiday on the day of New Year. Chinese New Year is celebrated as an event of both Chinese and Filipino population. On the day whole city of Manila is decorated with red colour and Chinese lanterns.
People try to wear red colors to welcome the good luck associated with New Year. Adults give gifts to children, which are wrapped in red envelope and a Chinese word ang pao is written on the envelope. These gifts are believed to bring prosperous life. Ang pao is also written and hung on the houses on the New Year.
Traditional Chinese dishes are prepared in many restaurants in Manila. Most of the time tikoy that is made up of sticky and glutinous rice is served in restaurants. Most stunning celebrations of Chinese New Year in Manila can be seen in lion dances and dragon dances during the Chinese parade. These dances and parade are observed in Binondo district.
As soon as the sun sets, whole Chinese community gets enlightened and brightens up with the lighting of Chinese lanterns. Chinese also plant new trees to welcome the food on New Year.
Accommodations for CNY
Manila offers a large number of comfortable and affordable hotels and resorts for tourists who are there to celebrate Chinese New Year. Some of the best hotels in city include Ascott Makati, Victoria Court Hotel Gil Puyat, Somerset Olympia Makati, Cafa- llang llang and Victoris Court Hillcrest. If you are planning to celebrate Lunar New Year and Spring Festival in the Philippines, early hotel booking is highly recommended.