Chinese New Year Festivities in George Town

BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Penang : Chinese New Year Festivities in George Town
BODY IMAGE: Hotel Jen Penang : Chinese New Year Festivities in George Town

As if George Town’s multi-cultural mix wasn’t evocative enough, visiting during the Lunar New Year highlights the area’s rich history even more. Locals party up a storm during the Spring Festival from February 8 to 10, which in 2016 ushers in the Year of the Monkey.

If, like me, you share the monkey’s curious and inquisitive traits, I know you’ll want a taste of the action. Events kick off in a spectacular way with the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. Local and international hot air balloons will join the two-day festival on February 9 and 10. Join the extravaganza for displays, a special “Night Glow” show and free-flying balloons. I can’t wait to float up in a balloon myself. I’ll be looking at Penang from a whole new perspective.

After ballooning, explore George Town’s wide streets during the holiday and, sooner or later, you’ll pass a festive traditional display. Listen out for the distinctive beating of drums and follow that sound. Chances are you’ll hit upon a lion dance put on to celebrate the Spring Festival.

I’ll certainly be making my way across George Town for Chinese New Year in Penang. See you there!

Ask my team where you can taste some traditional New Year food. Just like me, they are dedicated foodies and can point you toward the tastiest spots.