One with the Chinese Community
Pinoys get in on the fun in the Chinese New Year, too! Here are celebrations to look out for this Year of the Pig.
The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is one of the most anticipated events among Chinese around the world. In the Philippines, it’s a much-awaited occasion not just because of the huge population of Chinese immigrants dating back to early settlers in Binondo, the world’s oldest Chinatown. Modern Pinoys also consider it a welcoming of good fortune for the upcoming year, as well as a celebration of the strong Fil-Chi ties that have blossomed into one another’s uniquely vibrant culture through the years. In fact, did you know that thousands of Chinese are descendants of an ancient Filipino king from Sulu? (You can read more about it in this story from filipiknow.net.)
As we’ve adapted the Chinese New Year as a special holiday, Chinese and Pinoys surely look forward to week- and month-long celebrations around the country. It doesn’t get any more festive in Binondo, so be sure to watch the annual lion and dragon dance while you explore its streets and the various choices of traditional Chinese food it offers. If you can’t travel all the way to Binondo, don’t worry on missing out on the fun. Malls around the metro also feature fireworks displays, music, art, and calligraphy festivals, dance exhibitions, and astrological readings, among others—and they’re absolutely free!
Gong Xi Fa Cai, Pilipinas!