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2023 marks the Year of the Rabbit (or the Year of the Cat, depending on where you live.) It's a time of longevity, peace, and prosperity. There are many ways to celebrate including making (& devouring) dumplings, lighting a lantern, or trying your hand at lion dancing!
Experiences are listed in chronological order.
When: Sat, 1/14-Sat, 1/21; 9am-6pm
What: It’s your one-stop shop for all the Lunar New Year merch you could ever dream of. This annual flower popup market has bamboo stalks, red flora, traditional goodies, and so much more.
When: Sun, 1/15; 10:30am-5pm & Sun, 1/29; 6:30-11:30pm
Where: South Boston & Dorchester
Cost: $5 & $50+
What: The Vietnamese Lunar New Year, or Tết Nguyên Đán, is one of the most important celebrations in Vietnamese culture. Each year, the event attracts over 2,000 attendees and 80 vendors— all equally excited to join in on the January festivities. Continue the celebration with the night concert featuring talented Vietnamese artists.
When: Sat, 1/21; 12-3pm
What: An evening of Taiwanese apps? Say less. This year, Boston’s Taiwanese community groups are producing something unforgettable: a festive night of food, games, music, and celebration.
When: Sun, 1/22; 12-3pm
What: Celebrate Lunar New Year through Korean traditions. At New Art Center, you can get crafty— in one day alone, create hapjukseon (paper fans), rabbit origami, clay rabbits, and Korean calligraphy bookmarks. When you get tired, watch live Korean dancing.
When: Sun, 1/22; 10am-12:30pm
Where: Cambridge Highlands
What: On Jan.22, head to Fo Guang San Buddhist Temple for an extra special celebration. You can spend the day watching traditional dances, admiring live music, watching a lantern painting competition, and so much more!
When: Mon, 1/23; 12-12:30pm
Where: Back Bay
What: It’s time to chase away those evil spirits. In Chinese culture, lion dancing is a way to get rid of the old and bring in the new: a new year of happiness, peace, and good fortune! Watch the magnificent performance at the Mandarin Oriental.
When: Sun, 1/28; 12-1:30pm
Where: Kendall Square
What: If your mouth’s watering just thinking about dumplings, imagine making them yourself. You can devour dozens after learning from the top chefs in Boston. You can also get in the Lunar New Year spirit with a class at Selfup Venue or Patty Chen’s Dumpling School.
When: Sat, 1/28; 3-4pm
Where: Kendall Square
What: If you don’t know much about Chinese culture, it might be time for a history lesson. Learn about China’s Civil War during a Lunar New Year book panel with esteemed author and Brown University Professor Zhuqing Li.
When: Sat, 1/28; 10am-4pm
What: Your day trip to Salem is worth it for the Peabody Essex Museum. Here, you can celebrate Lunar New Year with a jam-packed day of storytelling, art-making, and dance. What’s better, you can tour the museum’s 200-year old Chinese home.
When: Sun, 1/29; 10am-3pm
What: From colorful costumes to magical parades to traditional performances, Boston goes all out for Chinese New Year. On Jan. 29, head downtown for phenomenal lion dancing, street food, live music, and firecrackers. Stop by the Cultural Village and immerse yourself in a pop-up town that’s fit for the whole family.
When: Sun, 1/29; 11am-3pm
What: Looking for a family-friendly Lunar New Year? Look no further. Pao Arts Center has the perfect activities for you and your kiddos, including interactive games and even lion dance workshops!
When: Thu, 2/2; 5-10pm
Where: Back Bay
What: There are almost too many ways to ring in the Year of the Rabbit at the beloved MFA. On Feb. 2, stop in for Chinese brush painting, kung fu demonstrations, traditional lion dancing, historical discussions, magnificent music performances, and a whole exhibit of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese art.
When: Sat, 2/4; 6-10pm
What: The GBCCA— or Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association— knows how to throw a good party. Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a delicious dinner, live performances, thrilling games (like Mahjong), and other festivities.
As the days get longer and warmer, we’re welcoming spring with open arms. Happy Lunar New Year, we hope that the Year of the Rabbit brings you abundance and joy!
[Photo by mgstanton / CC 2.0]