The Chinese New Year, as it is called in English, is also known throughout the world as “Lunar New Year,” or the “Spring Festival” (春節 in Chinese). For 2015 it is set for Thursday 19 February and will be the start of ‘Year of the Goat’.
In The Hague, the Chinese New Year is organised by the Stichting Chinese Culturele Evenementen Nederland, the Stichting Chinees Nieuwjaar Festival, the City of The Hague and the Chinese Embassy. From 11:00 until 17:00 several activities and events will take place in the city center.
20 years ago, this celebration was organised by Chinese businesses in The Hague and became an annual event which attracts around 20,000 visitors.
The Chinese New Year Festival foundation works closely with Chinese companies, clubs and the General Chinese Wu Shu Dragon & Liondance Federation to promote Chinese culture and ensure that it’s carried on by future generations. (Chinese Nieuwjaar Festival)
A parade will start at the town hall and go through Chinatown, with lions dancing to the sounds of fireworks and music. At 12:15 the Mayor of The Hague along with the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China and the Chairman of the Organization of the Chinese New Year will perform the official opening of the celebration in the City Hall Atrium (Spui 70, 2511 BT Den Haag). Throughout the day there will be an Asian market at the Atrium.
Several live entertainments and performances will follow during the day: singing, dancing, fight demonstrations etc. are planned.
The following programme and more informations about this event can be found here:
- Programme City Hall and Chinatown
11.30 – 12.00 hrs. Parade with dragon and lion dances through Chinatown
12.15 －12.40 hrs. Opening ceremony with traditional Dragon- and Lions dance
12.45 – 14.00 hrs. Gala performance by a group of artists from China
14.00 – 17.00 hrs. Varied performances by different Chinese groups living in the Netherlands
Throughout the day there is an Eastern market in the City Hall
- Programme Chinatown
11:00-18:00 hrs. Chinese market with Asian Food Court, Q parking behind the Bijenkorf
12.45 -13.30 hrs. Opening ceremony and drum show, Gedempte Burgwal
13.30 –16.00 hrs. Parade with dragon and lion dances. Fireworks at three different locations in Chinatown The Hague
14.30 – 17.00 hrs. Variety of podium performances