For cultures following the lunar calendar, the new year doesn’t start until the first new moon – a date that shifts from year to year. The Lunar New Year in 2020 is on January 25, with some celebrations continuing for weeks following. From age‑old rituals to lively street festivals, here’s how to mark the occasion – and make good on your “travel more” resolution.
What are the best places in Asia to celebrate the Lunar New Year?
Start 2020 on a lucky note in Hanoi. For Tết (Vietnamese New Year), Hanoians queue at the Temple of Literature and ask calligraphers to paint paper scrolls with an auspicious word. Dating back to 1070, the picturesque site was once home to the Imperial Academy, Vietnam’s first national university, and students still pray here for top marks.