Our own New Year celebrations are fast approaching (as much as we don’t want to admit it); plans must be decided, tickets must be booked so we can rest assured we will head into the new year in the best way possible.

Although, have you ever fancied celebrating it twice? Head to China where their new year is set to be Febuary 16th 2018, and last a whole 15 days…

 

Tradition

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday for China and differs a whole lot to ours as the first day of our calendars don’t match!

China’s is based on a traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar whose date indicates both the moon phase and the time of the solar year, whereas ours is based on a solar calendar.

Did You Know: The Lunisolar calendar is two months shorter than the solar so, to catch up, an extra month is inserted every few years; this explains why Chinese New Year is a different date every year!

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Celebrations usually start from that year’s new year’s eve and will last for around 15 days! It’s also normal to completely clean the house and display traditional New Year decorations (a celebration taken as seriously as we take Christmas!).

This festivity is the time for family reunion, which is the most important part of the Chinese New Year; people will normally visit relatives and friends, do some shopping, watch traditional Chinese shows, launch fireworks, and plan for the coming year. Pretty relaxing most of the time!

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The holiday will sometimes be highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honour of heaven, earth, the family ancestors and other gods. And after the family reunion, some modern Chinese families may take the chance to visit tourist destinations to continue the fun.

Note: In modern China, working professionals will normally have seven days of holiday including the weekend to celebrate. If only we treated the new year as seriously…

 

Celebrity

You can now cruise to China for these incredible celebrations with the promise to get to know the wonders of Shanghai whilst 5* cruising onboard Celebrity.

Celebrity Constellation will take you from Singapore (after your 2-night stay in a 4* hotel) to Bangkok (Thailand) overnight before your next stop in Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam)! You will experience more of Vietnam next in Hue and Danang before heading to Hong Kong and disembarking in Shanghai.

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The celebrations don’t just end there either as Chinese New Year is two days after you’ve left the ship and transferred to another luxury hotel! Your three-week experience will include a number of highlights:

Shanghai City Tour: You’ll witness the beautiful Yu Garden and Old Market Town along with Pearl City and the serene Jade Buddha Temple.

The City In a Garden: Singapore’s evolved status as the city in a garden means it’s full of surprises for expectation of its endless skyscrapers. Instead, you’ll find ancient rainforests brimming with monkeys.

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Vietnam: History-lovers will get their dose of education from Ho Chi Minh’s War Remnants Museum whilst your visit to Danang will give you a more modern twist.

Celebrity Constellation: The stress of travelling around China yourself will be replaced with ultimate luxury, sailing 14-nights onboard Celebrity

‘s 5* ship. You’ll experience a balcony stateroom with a difference, dining like no other, glitzy and theatrical entertainment with a range of other features onboard!

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If you’re interested in knowing more on this incredible Chinese New Year experience, click HERE to discover all the details!

 

What are your thoughts on this incredible experience? Have you ever celebrated Chinese New Year? Would you rather take a cruise without an event to celebrate or does the above sound like a dream to you? Are you interested in Celebrity‘s 5* standard? Leave us your comments!

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