Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Happy New Year!)
Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, is the most important event in the Chinese calendar. It’s a special occasion whichever part of the world you’re in, and nearly always marked by family gatherings, food rituals, offerings at temples and the colour red. The superstitious will particularly enjoy Chinese New Year’s when a raw fish salad (yu sheng) is said to bring good luck and -hai, a type of seaweed, prosperity. (The vegetarian option is lettuce, which the Chinese believe sounds like 'luck').
A taste of China
If you’re looking for something more intimate, retreat to the Fo Guang Shan He Hua, a real Buddhist temple which usually has a special programme. Alternatively, grab yourself a meal at the Sea Palace (Europe’s first floating Chinese restaurant) or at one of the many Chinese restaurants along the Stormsteeg and Geldersekade.