Said to be the festival when the earth is reborn, the Chinese New Year or the Lunar New Year is said to be one of the most important festivals in the Chinese community. Therefore, it is not at all surprising that Chinese population all over the world come together in celebration of the rejuvenation of the earth.
Join In the Fun of Chinese Lunar New Year
One of the most highly populated states of the US, Texas is well known for being home to a number of expatriate communities from all across the world, including the Chinese. Therefore, it is not at all surprising that the Chinese New Year will be one hell of a celebration in this particular state, more specifically, Houston.
The Chinatown of Houston, bordered by State Highway 6, Westpark, Beechnut and Fondren, located the western part of Bellaire in Alief is the hub of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Texas. You could consider participating in the events organised by the Chinese Community Centre. The event is a lively one dipped in colours and fun, with the traditional lion and dragon dance being the key attraction. Witness a spectacular parade featuring the animal of the year along with colourful lanterns bearing good luck inscriptions on them, kung fu demonstrations, live musical performances and the like. And not to forget the beauty pageants organised by the community, which is always an added attraction.
Take a walk in the southwest and the east Downtown of Texas, housing the old and new Chinatown respectively and you are sure to be dazzled by the magnificent hues of red and gold, decorating corner of the place. Each and every door will have red and gold coloured hangings on them with red lanterns. You will also find people dressed in red, exchanging money in red envelopes ad munching oranges. The colour red and oranges are the two integral elements of the 2015 Chinese New Year celebrations all over as they are supposed to usher in good luck.
No celebration is complete without delicious food and the Chinese New Year is no exception. The events organised by the Houston Chinese community centre has food stalls stacked with traditional Chinese cuisine as its major attraction. You could sink your teeth in the delicious flavours available here or take a detour to the popular Chinese restaurants around the place. Whichever be your pick- your taste buds are surely going to have a field with the exotic Chinese flavours of the Scallop and Bacon Gyoza dumplings with Chive, Shrimp and Chicken Spring rolls, Pecking Duck, Nigori Sake-Yuzu dipping sauce and Nian Gao.
Hotels on CNY
The Chinese Lunar New Year in Texas is one of those occasions that results in an increase in the tourist footfall in the state. It would, therefore, be prudent to book yourself a place well in advance so as to save yourself from the last minute disappointment of not finding a lodging to fit yourself in. There are a number of hotels in and around Chinatown, such as, Hampton Inn and Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn and the like that provides great accommodating options to tourists. So, book yourself a room in any of these and make this Chinese New Year a memorable experience.