With a long history of myth and tradition, the Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year or Spring Festival) still remains the most important holiday in China. It is a time for reunion, feasting, honoring ancestors and making way for a good luck. And the celebration is not limited to China. In the United States, several cities put on extravagant parades to ring in the New Year.
San Francisco not only claims the biggest celebration in the country, it is also the oldest. The first celebration in San Francisco happened in 1858 where Chinese traditions were incorporated into a parade with flags, drums and lanterns. Since the Gold Rush, the parade has become a mesmerizing show filled with firecrackers, dragons, lions, giants, dancers, acrobats and more.
This year’s parade starts on Market, Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 5:30 pm.
To find more information about the famous parade and surrounding events, click here.
Events in Chicago begin February 16th and run all the way through the first week of March. With one of the largest Chinatowns in North America, you can be sure to find a wealth of festivities including parades, foods and this year – puppies! You can find an events calendar here.
Chicago’s popular Navy Pier will host performances food and art. On Sunday, February 25th in Chigago’s Chinatown, you can see the annual Lunar New Year parade celebrating the year of the dog. And of course, dogs are invited to participate.
New York City
New York City has one of the highest Chinese populations outside of Asia. Therefore, it’s no surprise that this culturally diverse city would have many significant events during the Lunar New Year.
On February 16th, you can find a show featuring 600,000 firecrackers, food, crafts, lion dancers and more at Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
Also on Friday is the Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown. With it being the year of the dog, canines will have their place in the procession. To learn more about Lunar New Year events in New York City, click here.
Other cities hosting remarkable festivals include Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia and more. For an in-depth look at events in those cities, click here.
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