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Festivities traditionally take place on Amsterdam’s Dam Square and around the historic Nieuwmarkt/Zeedijk neighbourhood on the Saturday nearest New Year.
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 Eve, when a raw fish salad (yu sheng) is said to bring good luck and fai-hai, a type of seaweed, prosperity. (The vegetarian option is lettuce, which the Chinese believe sounds like ‘luck’).