Celebrate Bangkok Chinese New Year at The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam
Chinese New Year is a wonderful time to be in Bangkok and The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam is perfection positioned for guests to take advantage of everything on offer.
While Chinese Lunar New Year isn’t a public holiday in Thailand, Thais of Chinese descent, roughly 15% of the population, take leave to bring the family together and celebrate.
On the hotel’s doorstep are world class malls where shops and eateries feature special promotions and menus. Shopping malls and Chinese restaurants roll out special Chinese New Year celebrations, ranging from sales to free cultural performances. Shop owners of Chinese descent hang up red paper lanterns, Chinese calligraphy banners, and posters.
Nearby the hotel, Central World, Siam Paragon, Central Chidlom, Gaysorn, and Central Embassy are all cases in point. Even closer to hand, in fact connected through the hotel’s lobby, is Palladium World Shopping Centre which focuses on wholesale, while trendy youth-oriented Platinum Fashion Mall is just across the street. And likewise both put on a special show to celebrate Thailand Chinese New Year.
According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the new year this time commences on Sunday, 22nd January 2023. It’s the Year of the Rabbit which, representing elegance, beauty and mercy in Chinese culture, is the luckiest of the twelve animals of the zodiac. So, the year should be lucky, bring a sense of calm and be a good year for negotiations.
Though celebrated all across Thailand, the country’s biggest and most authentic Chinese New Year celebrations are Chinatown Bangkok Chinese New Year along and around Yaowaraj, the main Bangkok Chinatown street. The streets are filled with lanterns and you will hear firecrackers and see dragon parades and acrobatic performances throughout the day.
On Chinese New Year 2023 Day, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, Wat Traimit and other places in Chinatown are packed with locals praying to deities. With the most roads in the area cordoned off from traffic, the place is simply flooded with people dressed in red wishing each other ‘Xin Nian Hao’ or ‘Happy New Year’.
Meanwhile, a must on the menu is “Yu Sheng” among other Special Chinese New Year Set Menus. Yu Sheng is a Chinese New Year delicacy symbolizing good fortune and with the customary rowdy tossing motion required before tucking in, starts the year with a bang! A particularly appetizing Yu Sheng is served at The Mulberry Chinese Cuisine on the 10th floor of the hotel.
Chinese New Year is a festival for all. Get into the spirit yourself simply by dressing up in red
The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam
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