Lunar New Year
Most activities during the Chinese New Year traditionally take place on Nieuwmarkt and the Zeedijk in Amsterdam, but there are usually also festivities on Dam Square. The Chinese New Year starts between January 21 and February 20 every year. In 2025, Chinese New Year falls on January 29, celebrating the Year of the Snake. The snake is the sixth animal in the twelve-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac according to the Chinese calendar.
Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Happy New Year!)
The Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, is the most important event in the Chinese calendar and is celebrated worldwide.
The Buddhist temple Fo Guang Shan He Hua is located in Amsterdam's Chinese Nieuwmarkt neighbourhood. The Chinese New Year celebration takes place at this Chinese temple every year. But elsewhere in the city, attention is paid to the Chinese New Year with celebrations and activities.
If you get hungry from all the spectacle, head to one of the Chinese restaurants on the Zeedijk, the floating Chinese restaurant Sea Palace on Oosterdokskade or one of the Chinese eateries on Stormsteeg or Geldersekade.
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