Don’t Miss These Unique New Year Celebrations

Add dragon dances and fiery lanterns to your Champagne and fireworks this New Year. In Asia, the new beginning is celebrated by ceremonies to cleanse bad luck and welcome good fortune. It’s a time to spend with family and dear friends enjoying delicious meals and treats enjoyed only during this auspicious time. Enjoy this fresh start and travel Asia to ring in 2020!
Secret Retreats has curated the best Asian New Year celebrations in cultural destinations like Vietnam, China, Japan and Indonesia.

Chinese New Year & Tết 25 January 2020
Also known as the Spring Festival in mainland China, this grand event celebrates the beginning of the new year according to the traditional Chinese calendar. This important date coincides with a number of other lunar New Year celebrations across Asia. For example, the Vietnamese also celebrate their most important holiday, Tết, which falls on the same day as the Chinese New Year.
Where to Stay
Secret Cottage
Don’t miss the chance to explore this super-secret stay in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Hidden away in the top-floor lofts of a downtown commercial building, you’ll wander through a souvenir shop and up the stairs past a Vietnamese restaurant before discovering a picturesque courtyard where you can reach these three charming, private cottages.
Where to Eat
Secret Garden 131 Calmette
Simple, traditional and tasty! Seated under unique bamboo decorations this restaurant’s ambience reminds one of nature and how bamboo plays such a big role in Vietnamese culture, art, décor and cuisine. Step out to the garden, home to two majestic peacocks, and enjoy sitting by the small pond and its gigantic Buddha to enjoy a moment of zen. 
Where to Stay
Tulou Boutique Hotel
Visit the unique Taxia village, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site as part of the Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster and Yunshuiyao Scenic Area. Tulou Boutique Hotel is a gorgeously-preserved historic site as well as an active cultural centre showcasing the local Hakka ethnic minority’s vibrant culture.
Where to Stay
Linden Center
Take a journey through China’s history while staying at Linden Center. This stunning boutique hotel stands as an iconic example of Chinese architecture, originally built in 1947 as military barracks. Your stay here is graced with incomparable views of the Himalayan foothills and the scenic countryside.
Setsubun or Spring Festival 3 February 2020

Japan's bean-throwing festival celebrates the beginning of spring and is observed each year on 3 February during Haru Matsuri (Spring Festival). Much like Lunar New Year celebrations around the world, Setsubun represents a fresh start!
Where to Stay
Kinugawa Kanaya
Celebrate the Spring Festival amidst the greenery of Japan's oldest Western-style hotel, Kinugawa Kanaya. Located in the heart of the renowned Kinugawa Onsen Resort, this heritage property faces scenic mountains and the Kinugawa River. Enjoy your private in-room onsen and then dine on kaiseki cuisine cooked from seasonal and local ingredients.
Where to Stay
Feel the true ambience of Japanese traditions while staying in a beautiful ryokan set on a hillside where you can enjoy gazing upon the mountain scenery outside your window. Choose to soak from large onsen tubs located in the property or visit Tonosawa hot spring, well known amongst the seven delightful hot springs of Hakone.
Where to Eat
Restau K. Yamauchi
Experience a contemporary fine dining venue located in the city of Nagoya to celebrate the Spring Festival with creative and innovative cuisine combining Chef Kenichiro’s classic French training and the use of local, seasonal ingredients.
Where to Stay
The Junei Hotel
Stay at a traditional Japanese hotel with modern flair. The Junei Hotel is modelled after historic Kyo-machiya (traditional Kyoto-style wooden townhouses) and combines innovative lifestyle concepts. An authentic tea making ceremony in elegant Japanese style will be a highlight of your stay.
Bali Ogoh-Ogoh Festival 25 March 2020

In Indonesia, giant creatures with scary and ferocious appearances called ogoh ogoh are paraded on Pengrupukan night, the day before the Saka New Year, or Nyepi Day.
Where to Stay
Villa Mathis
Just 10 minutes by car from Seminyak’s beaches, you will find the secluded Villa Mathis. Walk through the rice fields to your guestroom, stylishly decorated with antique wooden furniture and artworks sourced from all over the Indonesian Archipelago. Spend time relaxing with Balinese massages in the Cave Spa located on the property.
Where to Eat
Taste the creativity at Sangsaka! The restaurant located in the heart of Balis Kerobokan where Chef Kieran Morland takes an innovative approach toward Indonesian cuisine blending traditional tastes using a wide range of traditional flavours from woods such as coffee, clove, rambutan and coconut husk.
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