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A bit of color in the city centre (Or: Chinese New Year 2019)

This past Saturday was the celebrations for Chinese New Year in The Hague. I took some photos of the “statues” that represent the holiday. Upon closer inspection, I noticed these are mostly the same statues used back in 2013 for the first Chinese New Year I attended (scroll down to the second-to-last photo).

I’ve taken some better, close-up photos of some of them this year. For example, my favorite:

with the Oude Kerk (Old Church) in the background, and a bird flying past too!

For some of them it was actually a bit hard to tell which of the 12 animals they represent, but because a few stripes on the top of this guy’s head (above), I think he might represent the year of the tiger.

Year of the ox
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Chinese New Year in The Hague (Or: Tip for this Saturday)

Happy Chinese New Year! 2019 is the year of the pig. And not the gluttonous kind…

The Hague will again feature Chinese New Year celebrations this Saturday to mark the occasion – see the scheduled program. The holiday is celebrated nationally in city hall while the local celebrations are held in Chinatown, including Rabbijn Maarsenplein and Bijenkorf’s parking lot.

I’ve always been a big fan of the local celebrations held at Rabbijn Maarsenplein (with its Chinese New Year market) and the area behind Bijenkorf (which always has lovely sculptures). But the dance routines in city hall are not to be missed, either!

Picture from the 2013 Chinese New Year celebrations, in the parking lot behind Bijenkorf

Come check it out. You won’t regret it!

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Chinese New Year 2017 (Or: Festival in The Hague)

Random photo from Saturday, during the Chinese New Year festivities:

chinese-new-year-dragon-the-hague-2017Cute!

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Chinese New Year (Or: Tomorrow in the city centre)

Tomorrow the city of The Hague and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Netherlands will be hosting the Chinese New Year celebrations. 2017 is the year of the rooster!

Program at City Hall:

  • 11:00 Asian market at the atrium
  • 11:30 Dragon dancing and fireworks at the Spuiplein
  • 12:30 Opening ceremony and speeches at the atrium
  • 13:00 Chinese music and dance at the atrium
  • 18:00 End of program

Other areas of interest:

  • 11:00 Chinese New Year’s Market at both Rabijn Maarsenplein and the parking lot behind Bijenkorf
  • 13:00 Dragon and lion dance with fireworks at Chinatown (Gedempte Burgwal)
  • 13:00 Presentations at the JoHo centre on the Paviljoensgracht about Chinese culture and traveling within China
  • 18:00 End of program

 

Chinese New Year Den Haag 2013 dragon dancers 3

One of my photos from the 2013 Chinese New Year celebrations

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Den Haag (Or: Chinese New Year 2013 celebration)

Marco, his mother and I traveled to the city center of The Hague today for the Chinese New Year celebrations. This included a few different parades, dragon dancing, a speech from the vice-mayor of The Hague, and more. The main action occurred just outside of de Bijenkorf (a department store) near Gedempte Gracht (street) in a parking lot (Google Maps).

The opening of the ceremony began with the waking of the two dragons using drums.

Chinese New Year Den Haag 2013 two dragons

Along with drums there were also cymbal players:

Chinese New Year Den Haag 2013 cymbal dancers

And more dragons:

Chinese New Year Den Haag dragon dancers

Chinese New Year Den Haag 2013 dragon dancers 3

The movement of the dragon was simulated by pulling the steel rods up and down – one person up, the next person down.

Chinese New Year Den Haag dragon dancers 2

I just liked the look of concentration on his face.

The end of the opening ceremony featured one dragon jumping from pedestal to pedestal. As there are two people underneath each costume, it takes a bit of coordination. Here’s a picture of the height of the highest pedestals:

Chinese New Year Den Haag 2013 crowd

The guy in orange has the job of catching the performers if they fall. They did twice – once in the beginning and once in the middle, on the highest pedestal. But no harm came – they were always caught before falling to the ground.

One performer on the other performer’s shoulders, to give the illusion that the dragon was rearing up.

Chinese New Year Den Haag 2013 2

And finally…

Chinese New Year Den Haag 2013

catching them in the act of jumping from one pedestal to the next.

Afterwards, they unveiled the “statue” for each of the years. This is the year of the snake.

Chinatown Den Haag Chinese New Year

A crowd forms near the beginning of the parade that came later.

Chinatown Den Haag Chinese New Year streets

It was pretty fun, but very cold, considering!

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