The Chinese New Year is one of the most important celebrations in the Chinese calendar that follows the lunar cycle. 2018 is the year of the Sheep and the first day of this year will coincide with 19th February of the Gregorian calendar. The Chinese New Year celebration is marked by a magnificent display of colors in the parade. This is also accompanied by a variety of cultural programs including songs and dances. It is a time of fun and frolic with family gatherings. The celebrations can be seen taking place all over the world, especially where the Chinese populations have settled. The Chinese residing in Abu Dhabi celebrate their New Year with much pomp and splendor. If you are looking for a firsthand experience of this spectacle then a quick getaway to the deserts of Abu Dhabi is your perfect opportunity.
The City Decks up
The Chinese New Year celebrations in Abu Dhabi are a spectacle to behold. The Chinese population takes immense care to organize grand celebrations, marking the beginning of yet another year. Certain portions of the city are decked up with lights and decorations especially for this event. You will get to see the traditional Chinese colors of red and golden strewn all over the place, be it the houses, the shops or every nook and corner of the streets. Exchanging gifts is one of the various other rituals of this festival and the shops are thronging with people at this time of the year. You will also get to see traditional pictures of the specific animal to which the year is dedicated hung at places.
Variety of events
If you think you won’t get an authentic Chinese feel in Abu Dhabi, think twice. You are sure to have a gala time here observing a riot of colors at the grand annual parade that takes place along the Muroor road. Starting from the east road, the parade includes a show of acrobatics and various forms of dances as well. Besides, you will get a chance to enjoy a spectacular show of the dragon dance and the lion dance. The best part of the celebrations is however the bedazzling displays of fireworks. If you are in Abu Dhabi, you cannot miss out on a visit to the Shang Place. You will get a chance to treat yourself to a variety of exotic dishes such as braised quail eggs, salmon, mushroom and many more.
Escape to the Deserts
If you want to stay away from the hassle of the main street, you can surely plan a trip to the deserts of Abu Dhabi. You may want to depart in the afternoon and spend a lovely time on the desert all through the evening. The breathtaking view of the sunset while you take a ride on a camel is one you surely wouldn’t want to miss. Plunge into an adrenaline rush while driving through the undulating sand dunes in a 4WD vehicle. Next, enter an Arabic camp and enjoy the traditional belly dancing and music. You can try a shisha if you like, and taste some of the Arabic sweets along with Bedouin coffee. With time you will be served with a fresh barbeque dinner that you are bound to enjoy under the beautiful starlit sky. Do not forget to indulge yourself in savoring the finest Arabic dates in the world.
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