Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, is one of the most important festivals for Chinese people around the world. During this vibrant celebration, Chinese people buy fresh food and sacrificial offerings for ancestor worship ceremonies. Leading up to the New Year, decorations are put up, and on New Year’s Eve, people gather for a special reunion dinner with family and give red envelopes or exchange gifts. People wear red as it is believed to be an auspicious colour. In 2021, the Chinese New Year celebrations ushering in the Year of the Ox falls on Friday, 12 February 2021.
From its origins in China, Chinese New Year has spread to many countries around the world, including Thailand. In Bangkok, the best place to experience the festival is in Yaowarat, the biggest Chinatown in Thailand.
Chinese New Year in Yaowarat
During Chinese New Year, join tourists and locals as they head to Yaowarat Road to experience the celebrations featuring magnificent parades, lion dances, concerts from famous artists and cultural performances. After enjoying this festive festival, don’t forget to try some appetising dishes from famous food stalls and restaurants, such as Guay Jub Ouan Pochana, White Dragon Noodle, T&K Seafood, Yaowarat Toast and Sweet Time Yaowarat.
If you are planning to travel to Yaowarat for Chinese New Year, do as the locals do and make merit at Wat Mangkon Kamalawat on Charoen Krung Road and pay respect to the images of the Chinese Gods.
How to get to Yaowarat
The most convenient way is to take a train to MRT Wat Mangkon subway station. You can also take the underground train all the way to Hua Lamphong and walk to Yaowarat.