Authorities in Chiang Mai have confirmed 2020 Chinese New Year celebrations will go ahead as usual. This year’s Chinese New Year Festival is a three-day happening and will begin on Friday, the 24th, and run through until Sunday. The venue is the city’s Chinatown zone between the west bank of the Ping River and Warorot Market (Kad Luang).
Ethnic Chinese living in this older part of Chiang Mai have long celebrated the advent of the New Year in the same manner as their cousins the world over. Some years ago, the Chiang Mai event was officially named a festival and 2020 celebrates the 18th anniversary of the début one.
Saturday the 25th is New Year’s Day and will usher in the Year of the Rat. Dragon dances and exploding firecrackers are time-honoured traditions and mark New Year’s morning. On all three days of Chiang Mai’s 2020 Chinatown Festival, colourful scenes such as paying homage to the deities at Warorot’s two Chinese shrines, Pung Thao Khong and Kuan U; beauty parades, Chinese cultural displays and talent shows are a delight. Visitors will also have the chance of sampling an enticing choice of snacks and beverages such as jiaozi dumplings and moon-cakes.
This What’s Up Guide gives a brief outline of all the unique festivals and events on Chiang Mai’s annual calendar.