Each year the Chinese celebrate a new year according to the lunar calendar. This year it begins tomorrow on February 10. The holiday lasts for twenty-three days so this year it ends on February 24.
You will find that an animal is associated with each Chinese New Year. They go in a certain order and repeat every twelve years. This year is the year of the dragon.
For your Buddhist friends, the religion believes that Buddha invited many animals to come to honor him but alas, only twelve appeared so only they are listed for individual years.
If you live near Boston there are many celebrations planned for this year’s celebrations. This may be because the current mayor is Chinese, Michelle Wu as well as the large population of Chinese in Boston. It is listed as 1 in 10 Bostonians are Chinese.
Some of the events for you to enjoy are in Boston and its surrounding communities.
Tomorrow, February 10 there are at MIT’s Leap Lab and additionally at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem.
On February 13 there is a Chinese New Year Concert at the Berklee School of Music. Tickets are $12 in advance and $17 at the door.
You can go to the Museum of Fine Arts on February 15 and pay a special rate of $5.00. You’ll enjoy brush painting, martial arts demonstrations and Vietnamese dancing.
Finally on February 18 you can head to Chinatown in Boston to enjoy the traditional Chinese New Year Dance Parade. This is free to the public. It’s from 11:00-2:00 on Tyler Street.
You have many ways to enjoy and participate in this Chinese cultural event. One good thing to know is that each animal represents different qualities in Chinese culture.
The dragon has represented good luck, justice, prosperity and strength. If you are born in the year of the dragon it is thought that you are charismatic, intelligent, confident, powerful, naturally lucky and gifted.
Private Home Health Care enjoys learning about different cultures. There seem to be many opportunities to learn about and enjoy Chinese New Year this year.