Chinese New Year is one of the most important Chinese celebrations. The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the lunar calendar, instead of the solar calendar. On February 9 City Hall will be transformed into a Chinese festival with dancing dragons, lions and fireworks to welcome the Year of the Pig. The Pig is the twelfth and last animal in the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of successively Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
Twenty-six years ago, the event in The Hague started as a small parade. Today it has grown into a major event that attracts 20,000 spectators. The Chinese Ambassador and dignitaries from the Netherlands perform a ceremony to open the event. Then the party starts with a traditional Chinese parade, martial arts performances, singers and musicians, and a Chinese culture market – plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained. Be sure to visit China Town as well, which can be found in the city centre (Wagenstraat). The entrances of the neighbourhoud are marked with two Chinese gates.
|10:00||Reception of the guests in the City Hall|
|11:00||Chinese dragon and lion dance and fireworks at the Spuiplein|
|12:00||Official opening of the national celebration in the City Hall|
|12:00||Cultural market in the City Hall|
|13:00||Chinese New Year lunch for invited guests at the Foyer of the City Hall|
|12:30 to 16:00||Varied Program by Chinese and Dutch artists|
|14:30||Chinese parade to Het Plein and performances|
The festival is free for public. So join the festivities on February 9 in The Hague.