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Boston Chinatown 2019 Chinese New Year Celebrations — Sunday, February 17.

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Yes, we are talking THE Dragon Parades. Sunday, February 17, 2019 — Boston Chinatown.

It is always on the SECOND Sunday of the New Year — which this year started on February 5, 2019.

Yes, I have confirmed. It is all set. Sunday, February 17, 2019 — Boston Chinatown.

Good weather. So, it should be a great day out.

Happy Chinese New Year.

Year of the Pig.


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Dim Sum At ‘China Pearl’, Chinatown, Boston — Sunday, August 26, 2018.

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I have been going to ‘China Pearl‘, in Chinatown, Boston, for over 25-years, on a regular basis, for Dim Sum — and the various posts on this blog will attest to the visits in recent years.

This surprisingly was but just our 2nd trip for Dim Sum in 2018. Usually, we would have gone earlier in the Summer too. Not this year. We did go to Boston in late April but did not have time for Dim Sum.

We got to ‘China Pearl’ an hour later than usual, at noon rather than 11am. We tried a new route into Boston and that was a bust.

They were crowded. Wow. But, it was good.

Glad we went. Beautiful day. Walked from China Pearl to Boston Common & the ‘Public Park‘ and in the process got to see the incredible ‘Professor World Music‘.


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“Pathways To Freedom” By Artist Julia Vogl At The “Boston Common”.

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What the symbols in each circle mean, e.g., “T” (MBTA) sign means family immigrated to the Boston area 1965 – 2000.


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Yesterday, in between visiting the magnificent ‘Boston Museum of Fine Arts‘ and taking a ‘Boston Duck Boat Tour‘ at 5pm we visited ‘Boston Common‘ since Teischan has a new found fondness for it having rediscovered it during our visit to ‘Boston Chinatown‘ for 2018 ‘Chinese New Year‘ in February. As is our wont we headed up to the hard to miss ‘Soldiers and Sailors Monument‘. We immediately noticed that they were installing a very colorful and artistic pattern on the circular walkway around the monument. We all went and took pictures.

I was curious. I saw the “T” signs and thought it might be an MBTA project. I saw a young lady, wearing a volunteer’s jacket, smoothing out the pattern. So, I had to ask … She straightened up and she had a BIG smile. She informed me that it was her project. Wow! I had lucked out. It was Julia Vogl who had created this amazing piece of work. She started to explain ….

It was a Jewish Passover inspired project to represent the freedom and immigration stories of those living in the Boston area. Obviously a very topical issue. I mentioned that I had come over from Britain 30 odd (and very odd, indeed) years ago. She informed me that she currently lived and worked in London. There was NO stopping us from there. We talked, and we talked. Suffice to say we had a ton in common. I took her over to introduce her to the family. She was charming.

What an interesting project.

To begin with, just looks for the GREEN pieces of pie. The GREEN represents FREEDOM. There is a fair amount of GREEN. We talked about that.

The ‘T’ signs that had caught my eye indicate those that had arrived in the Boston area between 1965 — 2000. That would be I too. There is a fair amount of those ‘T’ pieces.

Check it out.

She will be there again, in person, Friday, April 27, 2018. IF you can you should go meet her. She is special.


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Images Of Boston, Chinatown, “2018 Chinese New Year” — Saturday, February 24, 2018.

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Dim Sum at China Pearl.


We went to Boston Chinatown, for 2018 Chinese New Year, on Saturday, February 24, as opposed to the Sunday, which is when we normally go (so as to enjoy the Dragon Parades etc.), because it was going to be bucketing down, most of the day, on the Sunday.

It was still fun. It wasn’t as busy as the 2nd Sunday of the New Year.

We still had Dim Sum at China Pearl.

It was warm. In the 50s. So, it was great to walk around. We ended up walking to Boston Common and spending an hours walking around the entire Common/Park.

Glad we went. Would have liked to have seen the Dragon Parades. We missed them last year too.


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Dim Sum, ‘China Pearl’, Chinatown, Boston — Saturday, February 24, 2018.

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Though I have been going to ‘China Pearl‘, in Chinatown, Boston, for over 25-years, on a regular basis, this, as far as I can recall, is the first time we have been for Dim Sum on a Saturday — as opposed to the customary Sunday. We had to do today, because this was the last weekend of the 2018 Chinese New Year — and tomorrow, Sunday, is going to have torrential rain. While we realized that we might miss the Dragon Parades — and we did — we were NOT going to get soaked.

Dim Sum on a Saturday is different — of that there can be no doubt or debate. The cart service is not as extensive as it is on a Sunday — and as such you also don’t get as many carts coming around. You can say it is definitely a more languid process. The self-service ‘buffet’ by the kitchen was, of course, open and we had a table close to it. So, we made 4 or 5 trips to that. On a Sunday, we would typically just visit that twice.

But, it was OK. Fun, as ever. Busy, BUT not crazy busy. Relaxed. Nice people. At least one recognized me. That was nice.

Glad we went. Beautiful day. Walked from China Pearl to Boston Common.


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Chinese New Year 2017 — ‘The Year Of The Rooster’ — Saturday, January 28 (For 2 Weeks).

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I celebrate, as some of you well know, three (3) New Year’s a Year.

One is so inadequate and boring.

So, by noon January 1 of each year I start thinking about the Chinese New Year. Yes, I celebrate that, with vigor, with the locals — in Boston’s Chinatown. Dim Sum, dragon parades, fireworks … The whole shebang and it can be quite a ‘bang’ with the fireworks.

I was surprised but delighted that it is EARLY. That is good.

The FUN in Chinatown is always on the second Sunday. So that will be February 5, 2017 — the day after Sri Lanka Independence Day.

After the Chinese, it is, alas, a bit of a wait. Till April 14th for the Sinhalese New Year. But, Easter is around then and so I am ‘OK’ by then for holidays.


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