Chinese New Year, or locally known as Imlek, is one of tradition from Chinese people to celebrate the New Year. In the origin country, Chinese New Year also known as Spring Festival where farmers are celebrating and welcoming spring after cold winter season. Here, in Indonesia, we are also celebrating Chinese New Year as a tradition, as we are the country which only has two seasons.
Many cities in Indonesia celebrate Chinese New Year with their own unique festival. In Bintan, Chinese New Year Festival is held at Tanjung Pinang, the capital city of Bintan Island. Chinese New Year Festival in Tanjung Pinang has become annually tradition where people share the joy and fun together.
Most of festivals are showing Chinese culture and art. Summit festival of Chinese New Year was called Cap Go Meh, which is day 15th from New Year and also the last day of festival. Even though Tanjung Pinang has strong Malay culture, but the existence of Chinese people and their culture become one part of society. Even in Bintan, there is one Chinese kampong or “Pecinan” in Senggarang, one of Bintan Region.
Chinese New Year Festival in Tanjung Pinang
This festival is concentrated on Pasar Street, Tanjung Pinang. Chinese New Year Festival in Tanjung Pinang also known as “Pasar Imlek” or Imlek Market, or Imlek Festival. This Pasar Imlek were open from 5 PM to 10 PM local time.
This area has an amazing atmosphere of Chinese culture. Tons of Lanterns were hung up along the line of Pasar Street, the strains of Mandarin songs made the lively atmosphere. Many goods and traditional foods were offered in this Chinese New Year Festival in Tanjung Pinang.
Other events and festivals
Other than this Chinese New Year Festival in Tanjung Pinang, there are two more event and festival in Bintan by this end of month. They are Chinese New Year Festival in Lagoi Bay and also in Treasure Bay.
Also check our event calendar for more upcoming event in Bintan!
Photos by: Robbi Hafzan