- Celebrate Chinese New Year in Langkawi

January 06, 2011 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News can reveal that tourists who visit Malaysia next February will have the opportunity to get involved in the country's Chinese New Year celebrations.

For travellers left wanting more by the festivities to mark the turn of the western new year on December 31st, a stay in Langkawi hotels on February 3rd 2011 could be the answer.

This is the date on which Chinese people and their descendants across the world will get together to mark the year of the tiger's conclusion and the start of the year of the rat.

To herald in the occasion, houses are traditionally adorned with paper scrolls emblazoned with messages of good luck, such as "happiness" and "wealth".

Families typically gather for a meal on New Year's Eve, with the food varying depending on the region of China they originate from. Classic dishes include nian gao, a type of sweet rice pudding and steamed dumplings known as djiaozi, which are popular in the north of the country.

Revellers stay up until midnight and aim to ward off evil spirits by setting off fireworks, which make for a spectacular scene across Langkawi.

The date is set aside as a public holiday across Malaysia, giving locals and travellers alike even more opportunity to enjoy the proceedings. features a variety of Langkawi accommodation, including the Tanjung Rhu Resort Langkawi.

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