Massachusetts Celebrates Lunar New Year in February 2019

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Chinese New Year Concert at Berklee College of Music

Massachusetts residents and visitors are preparing to celebrate Lunar New Year this winter, a significant holiday for more than 426,225 Asian-Americans living in the Bay State, and for billions of Asians around the world.

Lunar New Year has many different names: the Vietnamese community calls its Lunar Year celebration Tết, while South Koreans call theirs Wondan and in China it is called Chinese New Year. The celebration goes back over 2,000 years to the Eastern Han Dynasty, when ancient Chinese developed Chinese Zodiac Signs to mark the New Year, using a 12 year cycle of deliberately-chosen animals. 2019 is the Year of the Pig.

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Illustration by MOTT Intern Rebecca Chin, Fitchburg State University

January 30
TCSA’s spring 2019 Lunar New Year Celebration
Taiwanese & Chinese Students’ Association
Campus Center, UMass, Amherst
7 – 9 p.m.

Through February 18
Reunion Dinners for Chinese New Year
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Boston
Evenings

February 2
2019 Chinese New Year Celebration
Potter’s House, Malden
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

February 2
Boston NKAA Chinese New Year Party
Alister by Mill Creek, Quincy
6. – 9 p.m.

February 2
Newton Cantonese School Chinese New Year Celebration
Bigelow Middle School, Newton
9 a.m. –Noon

February 2
2019 Chinese New Year Celebration Gala
Greater Lawrence Technical School, Andover
3 – 8 p.m.

February 2
Celebrate Lunar New year at Franklin Park Zoo
Franklin Park
Dorchester, Boston
10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

February 2-3
Year of the Pig Painting
Artbeat Creativity Store and Studio, Arlington
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

February 3
Vietnamese Tet Celebration of Lunar New Year
Grand Ballroom, UMass, Lowell
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

February 4
2019 Chinese New Year Celebration
Fo Guang Buddhist Temple, Cambridge
10 a.m.

February 7
Berklee College of Music Presents
Chinese New year Concert
Berklee Performance Center, Back Bay, Boston
8 p.m.

February 8
Asian Cultural Society Lunar New Year
Tilton Hall, Clark University, Worcester
6 – 9 p.m.

February 9
VietAid Tet 2019
Vietnamese American Initiative for Development
Dorchester
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

February 9
Chinese New Year Gala + Dinner
Boston Marriott Hotel, Burlington
6 p.m.

February 9
Tanglewood Marionettes Present The Dragon King
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Dorchester, Boston
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

February 9
MFA’s Lunar New Year Celebration
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

February 9
Family Day! Celebrating Chinese New Year
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
1 – 4 p.m.

February 10
Chinese Dulcimer Guzheng Youth Band
Newton Free Library, Newton
2 – 3 p.m.

February 10
31st Annual Lunar New year Festival
North Quincy High School, Quincy
Noon – 5 p.m.

February 10
2019 Chinese New Year Celebration
Fo Guang Buddhist Temple, Cambridge
5 p.m.

February 16
Lunar New Year Celebration
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

February 16
SAPA-NE Chinese New Year Celebration 2019
Trinitarian Congregational Church, Wayland
4:30 – 9:00 p.m.

February 17
Chinese New Year Lion Parade Street Photography Class
Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar, Downtown Crossing, Boston
9:30 a.m. – Noon

February 25
HMS-CSSA 2019 Chinese New Year Gala
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Yawkey Building, Boston
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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