Widely considered the most important holiday of the year by those who celebrate it, the Chinese New Year (also commonly referred to as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival) is a time of rituals and raucous festivities. While the celebrations vary from country to country, you can count on massive gatherings lasting several days (and even weeks) in the name of a new year. Typically falling in late January or early February, this year’s Lunar New Year begins on January 28. From Sydney to San Francisco, people will be ringing in the year of the rooster with fireworks, flowers, family and lots of food. This week’s Bucket List features seven cities where you should head to ring in the Chinese New Year.
Paste Travel’s Bucket List columnist Lauren Kilberg is a Chicago-based freelance writer. Her travels have found her camping near the Pakistani border of India and conquering volcanoes in the Philippines.