A time of new beginnings, auspicious feasting and, most importantly, togetherness, Aman’s destinations across the globe celebrate the arrival of the Lunar New Year with meaningful ceremony and fanfare. As we see out the Year of the Tiger, our retreats from the heart of Central Java to France’s snowcapped peaks anticipate all the good fortune, peace and beauty promised by the Year of the Rabbit, the fourth animal in the zodiac considered the luckiest of all.
Lunar New Year Traditions and Menus
Capturing the elegance and serenity symbolised by the rabbit in Eastern cultures, celebrations begin on the eve of the new moon, the 21 January. Try your hand at drawing a rabbit on traditional lontar at Amankila, visit Bali’s first Chinese temple, then experience a Kang Hi Wei dance performance and a family-style banquet beneath the stars. On the other side of the world, Aman Le Mélézin will serve an exquisite New Year’s Eve dinner as the lights of Courchevel glint off the snow.
Begin New Year’s Day at Amandari with a traditional riverside blessing, then join in the fun as children receive traditional ‘Ang Pao’ gifts, anticipating an evening of entertainment and fine dining ahead. At Amanjiwo in the spiritual presence of Borobudur, indulge in fan painting and pottery making classes, fascinating talks by the resident anthropologist and a series of special dinners. The culinary arts take centrestage in Vietnam, too, where ‘Tet’ is celebrated with the giving of calligraphy, lion and dragon dances, fortune telling and more.