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Wishing YOU A Happy Chinese New Year 2021 – ‘Year Of The Ox’; February 12.

by Anura Guruge


So, Chinese New Year 2021 starts Friday, February 12. A week from now. (That is a bit late, BUT still well within the bounds).

The celebrations can last up to 16-days.

The Chinese New Year starts following the 2nd NEW MOON after the December Winter Solstice.


BUT, this year, ALAS, things are so different.


I cannot get over it. I am NOT even thinking of going to Boston Chinatown for Dim Sum & the Dragon Parades. Wow.

We went last year though COVID was beginning to make its presence felt. But, I noticed & commented that there were hardly any masks. I was, THEN, glad. Things are different. Can’t remember the last time, prior to this year, that we will NOT be going down to Chinatown. We couldn’t go, 6 or 7 years ago, because there was a BLIZZARD in Boston that Sunday. Other than that, we have NOT missed Chinese New Year in decades!

Last year in Boston Chinatown, on February 2. Click image to see the 36 pictures.


We ALSO, as we had been doing annually for 6- or 7-years, went to the UNH ‘Confucius Institute’ Chinese New Year Event — on January 28. Yes, we were slightly concerned about COVID (though it wasn’t called as such then), BUT we wanted to show our solidarity to our friends at the Institute.


And now this year. I am crushed.


Happy Chinese New Year 2021
(COVID be DAMNED).


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Chinese New Year 2020 – ‘Year Of The Rat’, January 25 to February 8.

by Anura Guruge


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So, Chinese New Year 2020 starts Saturday, January 25th.

That seems early but it is, of course, within the bounds.

The Chinese New Year starts following the 2nd NEW MOON after the December Winter Solstice.

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So, January 25th it is.

Though I think of it as a ‘February’ holiday we have had it in January quite recently — and even earlier, e.g., January 23 in 2012. It could even start on January 21/22 as it did 2004. It can’t be earlier than that.

Chinese New Year, 2000 to 2022. Click to ENLARGE.


The Dragon Parade celebrations in Boston Chinatown will be on the SECOND Sunday, viz., February 2, 2020. I will confirm.

Enjoy.

Happy Chinese New Year.


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2019 Chinese New Year – ‘Year Of The Pig’ – February 5th to 15th.

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The Chinese New Year, 2019 — ‘The Year Of The Pig‘ — starts next week, on Tuesday, February 5.

The Chinese New Year starts after the 2nd New Moon — following the Winter Solstice. So, its start varies from year-to-year.

It usually continues for at least 2-weeks (in the U.S.).

Last year Chinese New Year started February 16th. So it is pretty early this year.

The festivities in Chinatown, Boston — i.e., the Dragon Parades etc. — per my recockning will be on Sunday, February 27, 2019. It is usually on the 2nd (and last) Sunday of that 2 week period and that is the 25th. I will keep you updated.

In the meantime, have a ball. Snuggle up o a pig.

Happy New Year.


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Boston Chinatown “Chinese New Year 2018” Dragon Parades Are Sunday, Feb. 25 — BUT, Heavy Rain.

by Anura Guruge


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In past years we have had BLIZZARDS — e.g., 2013 for the Chinatown New Year.

This year, for Boston, it is heavy rain, 5″ – 8″ snow for us.

The Dragon Parades won’t be fun in the rain.

Yes, you could watch them from a restaurant, but that is NOT much fun.

Plus, Chinatown isn’t exactly car friendly and parking, even outside of New Year, is hard. So, you really need to walk.

So, a heads up. If you plan to go on Sunday you will get soaked.

They are serving Dim Sum, at China Pearl, on Saturday. I called and checked.

I can’t, however, get any sense as to whether there will be any Dragon Parades on Saturday. I SUSPECT that there might be — because of the Sunday rain. But, I could be wrong.


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The Chinese “Year Of The Dog” Is Here. Happy New Year 2018.

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The Chinese New Year, 2018 — “The Year Of The Dog” — is here, as of Friday, February 16, 2016.

It continues for at least 2-weeks.

The festivities in Chinatown, Boston — i.e., the Dragon Parades etc. — per my recockning will be on Sunday, February 25, 2018. It is usually on the 2nd (and last) Sunday of that 2 week period and that is the 25th. I will keep you updated.

In the meantime, have a ball. Pet a dog.

All the images used in the above collage were from pictures I took at the UNH (Durham, NH), ‘Confucius Institute’, Woodblock Exhibition, for the New Year, on Tuesday.

Happy New Year.


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FREE “Mid-Autumn Chinese Festival” By UNH (Durham, NH), Confucius Institute — Friday, October 13, 2017.

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This is being presented by my friends at the UNH ‘Confucius Institute‘.

This is their FIRST Mid-Autumn Festival.

In the past they have done Chinese festivals in February to coincide with the Chinese New Year.

This should be GOOD, very good. The UNH Confucius Institute specializes in EXCELLENCE.

Tickets are going FAST. But, try. You might be lucky.


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I Leading A Chinese Dragon Parade On Concord Main Street During ‘Market Days’ — June 24, 2017.

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Picture by ‘puppylovehotdogs‘ on Instagram.


This was Serendipitous to say the least. Yes, I arranged for this ‘Dragon Parade‘ to take place in Concord for the 2017 ‘Multicultural Festival‘ but I was NOT supposed to he heading it. The plan was that it would be headed by a Chinese who knew how to ‘dance’ the head. And that is how we set off. The tall, lanky gentleman behind me, on the second pole, at the head. I had the second pole so I could tell him which way to go. BUT, the head is heavy and it was windy and holding it up, while being buffeted by the wind, gets hard. So, halfway through we asked me if I would swap. I wasn’t going to say NO. It was a blast and rare honor. Not sure whether I will ever get the chance again. This is the only picture I have. 


This, however, was not the first time I have headed a Chinese Dragon Parade. I had done it, in 2015, with this same dragon, at the UNH ‘Confucius Institute‘, Chinese New Year Miaohui (Temple Fair) celebrations.


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Chinatown, Boston: Sunday, February 5, 2017, For Chinese New Year — Rain/Snow!

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NOPE, Boston Chinatown, Sunday, February 12, 2017 is NOT going to be much fun.

Snow, then rain, starting early and going on all day. It will be wet.

Not sure what will happen to the dragon parades. They might try to do it but the costumes will get soaked.

Shame. Not the first time we have had lot of snow for the Chinese New Year. Had a blizzard in 2013.

Glad we went last Sunday


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