Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture. It marks the beginning of a new year according to the lunar calendar and is celebrated with family gatherings, feasts, and rituals symbolizing luck for the coming year. The festivities include colorful parades, dragon and lion dances, fireworks, and the exchange of red envelopes containing money as a sign of good wishes. It is a time of joy, community, and hope for a prosperous new year, steeped in ancient traditions and cultural significance.


At the Markthal

In addition to the many celebrations, there are also various art projects related to this festival. At the Blaak side in the Market Hall, you can now admire the artworks of Sofie Xie, Fen Mei Hu, and Mama Bird until February 19th.


On Saturday, February 17th, alongside the regular delights, you can enjoy a special "Chinese New Year" program:

1:30 PM - Lion Dance Spectacle

To officially announce the start of the festival, you can immerse yourself in the traditional Lion Dance at this time slot.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Chinese Calligraphy Workshop ✍🏼

Have your name calligraphed in Chinese and take home a unique artwork.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Chinese Harp

Experience the enchanting sounds performed by an experienced Guzheng artist.

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM - Live: Traditional Chinese Singing

The Market Hall is a mix of cultures, and so is this duo: Enjoy a unique performance by a Chinese lady and Dutch man. With a special guest; the winner of the Chinese Dutch Song Contest 2021!

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM - Chinese Tea Ceremony

Let your senses be enchanted during a traditional tea ceremony, where you can taste unlimited varieties of tea.


Year of the Dragon 🐲

An important aspect of the Chinese New Year celebration is the zodiac sign of the year. Each year is associated with a different animal, and this year it is the Dragon!


The Year of the Dragon is a significant year according to Chinese astrology, where the dragon is considered a symbol of luck, strength, and success. People born in the Year of the Dragon are often seen as courageous, charismatic, and ambitious. The year of the dragon is celebrated with special festivities and traditions that promote luck and prosperity, such as dragon parades, lion dances, and fireworks. It is a time of excitement and hope for a prosperous future, with the dragon symbolizing strength and prosperity in Chinese culture.


Will we see you on Saturday, February 17th to celebrate the start of the year of the Dragon?

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