On February 5, we will head into the year of the pig, marking the beginning of a new year! So gong xi fa cai, or Happy New Year!
Year of the Pig
In various Asian countries, each lunar year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year cycle. The pig ranks 12th in the zodiac and is a symbol of wealth and good fortune. Each year links an animal and an element together. As this year’s element is earth, 2019 is the year of the Earth Pig.
If the pig is your birth sign, you'll be happy to hear that according to Chinese astrology, people born in the year of the pig can be optimistic and gentle, full of excitement, with an easy-going personality. Lucky things for people born in the year of the pig include the colours yellow, grey and brown, numbers 2, 5 and 8 and the days between April 8 and July 20.
Celebrate Chinese New Year in the Netherlands
Every year, Chinese New Year is celebrated in certain locations in the Netherlands. Traditional lion dances, fireworks and decorations will pop up in areas where many Chinese people gather.
Celebrations in Rotterdam
February 4-10: China Markt, Wijkpark Het Oude Westen
Chinese New Year in Rotterdam will be an extended celebration, lasting a grand seven days, and featuring various events. The city centre will be the stage for a traditional dragon dance, as well as lion dances and fireworks. There will also be special activities throughout the city for the whole week.
Celebrations in Amsterdam
February 5: Zeedijk, Nieuwmarkt, Chinatown, Dam Square
The Chinese New Year is usually a time for people to visit the temple. You can visit the Buddhist temple Fo Guang Shan He Hua at the Zeedijk in Amsterdam. Festivities in Amsterdam include a fireworks show, dragon dances and lots of Asian food!
Celebrations in The Hague
February 9: Chinatown, City Hall and Spui
The Hague will be celebrating both in the local Chinatown and in the inner city. The area outside of the City Hall will be the stage for the ritual colouring in of the lions’ eyes. There will be fireworks and dragon dances at the Spui and performances by Chinese and Dutch artists in the Atrium. There will also be an Asian market.
A little taste of China in the Netherlands
Want to celebrate the Chinese New Year without travelling abroad? Check out the celebrations in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam! Please note: Although the official Chinese New Year 2019 will be on February 5, not all celebrations will take place on this specific date, so check the aforementioned links for the most up-to-date information.