Permanent activity

How do you celebrate?

Welcome to the party shop!

Our party shop is a cheery, family venue where you can find things from all over the world that are used in all kinds of different celebrations. Every day somewhere in the world, something is being celebrated. We don’t all share the same celebrations, but we all like a party. Take a look around in our party shop and discover celebrations you didn’t know existed. Do our music quiz, learn a festive dance or pick the best party outfit!

FESTIVITIES! Worldwide: Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar. Every year Chinese New Year is celebrated for 15 days, to mark the beginning of the new lunar year. This is sometime between 21 January and 20 February. It varies from year to year. For two weeks long, all kinds of things are organised during these celebrations. There are fireworks, dragon dancing, the home is cleaned from top to bottom and families come together to enjoy delicious food. The lunar calendar has a cycle of 12 years. Each of the 12 years is dedicated to a different animal. This is called the zodiac. Get to know more about Chinese New Year and the zodiac in Festivities! Worldwide and get started on the creative activity. 

From 14 January to 5 March 2023 Festivities! Worldwide is about Chinese New Year   

Chinees Nieuwjaar

Creative activity: Chinese paper cutting

Paper cutting is one of the oldest crafts in China. Figures and patterns are cut out of paper. In the past it was a cheap way of decorating the home during seasonal and family festivities, like during Chinese New Year. Every new Chinese year is represented by an animal. This year is the year of the Rabbit. Get to know more about the animal for the year you were born. In this creative activity you’ll do some Chinese paper cutting yourself. You’ll cut out a rabbit and learn to write the Chinese character for this animal.

Practical information

  • When: Saturdays and Sundays. Every day during school holidays. 
  • Time: 12 noon – 4 pm
  • Who for: 4+
  • Price: free activity (excl. museum admission)
  • Reserve: not possible | join in when there’s room, entry until 3.30 pm 
  • Please note: this activity is not for Out-of-School Groups. Check what’s available for Out-of-School Groups.
  • More information: +31 (0)88 - 0042 840 (Mon – Fri: 10 am – 5 pm)

Assignment cards

Choose a festival, take an assignment card and go and explore together in the party shop. Letters are hidden everywhere, do the musical quiz, learn how to dance and listen to a story. Found all the letters? Then fill in the code word and have a photo taken at your party.

Practical information:

  • When: continuous
  • Who for: 3+
  • Price: free activity (excl. museum admission)

Celebrate your birthday!

Is it your birthday and do you want to have a party for your friends in the Tropenmuseum? Look at all the possibilities


Festivities! Worldwide is part of Feest! Weet wat je viert (Holidays! What are we celebrating?), an initiative of Museum Catharijneconvent, www.feestweetwatjeviert.nl (in Dutch only).