With the Chinese New Year officially starting on February 8th as the Year of the Red Monkey, there will be plenty of events going on in and around Boston to celebrate the special time of year. Here’s a look at a few of the options available for celebrating the Chinese New Year in Boston in 2016.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will be celebrating the Year of the Monkey on February 6th with a special Lunar New Year celebration. During the special celebration, participants will explore Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying performances, demonstrations and activities. Some of these events will include a gallery tour highlighting the art in the Asia galleries, interactive demonstrations of medication and Chinese martial arts, musical performances and dance performances by local artists. The museum will also have new displays for the event featuring art from the Song dynasty (960-1279). Admission to the event is free. The Museum of Fine Arts is located at 465 Huntington Avenue. Call 617-267-9300 for more information about the Lunar New Year Celebration.
Lunar New Year Celebration
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem will be hosting a Lunar New Year Celebration on February 13th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. The event will feature Lion Dances, music, drumming, crafts and storytelling as well as a chance to enjoy the Asian culture while exploring the museum’s collection of art. Throughout the 6-hour event, visitors can participate in a drop-in art activity where they can design their own lanterns. The Lion Dance performance, which will be provided by the only all-women lion dance group in the country, will take place from 11:00 until 11:45 am. Music and drumming will be offered from noon until 12:30 pm and then again from 2:00 until 2:30 pm.
Chinese New Year Parade
Boston will also host a Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown on February 14th. Like every year, the parade will feature Lion Dances, firecrackers and drumming. The parade will kick off at around 11:00 am after all pre-parade speeches have been made. It should last about two hours, starting on Beach Street and other nearby streets in Chinatown and moving throughout the neighborhood. Cultural Village, which will be located at the China Trade Building at the corner of Washington and Boylston streets, will take place from noon until 3:00 pm.
Of course, the Chinese culture can be celebrated at any time of the year by visiting Chinatown. Located at the edge of the downtown shopping and financial districts, passing through the traditional gate featuring two foo lions and entering Chinatown is easy. Rich in history and tradition, Boston’s Chinatown is the third largest Chinatown in the country. A popular tourist attraction, Boston’s Chinatown celebrates many Chinese holidays throughout the year. The neighborhood is also a hub for food, entertainment and opportunities to shop for gifts, souvenirs and other fun items. Some of the most popular attractions in Boston’s Chinatown include Hayden Building, Kam Man Foods, China Pearl and Imperial Seafood House.