The Chinese New Year is celebrated in Cebu and across the country in festive dance rituals which delineate faith and good fortune and harvest, among other beliefs.
The tourism industry features this event in various barangays and hotels, restaurants and tourist spots. For decades, I have actively enjoyed the glittering snake dance, the yee sang toss, and the cuisines. I have been immersed with the intense rites colorfully performed in various hotels like Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, then Cebu City Marriott Hotel now Seda Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Plaza now Marco Polo Place Cebu, Jpark Island Resort & Waterpark, Radisson Blu Cebu, Golden Prince Hotel and Suites, among others.
The Academe, specifically the Chinese schools in Cebu, have weekly dance fests, seminars and exhibits. Even the malls, like SM City Cebu, Ayala Center Cebu and Elizabeth Mall, showcase programs, projects and sales like the Chinese bracelets, necklaces and, of course, cuisines.