Chinese New Year 2013 In Boston: Sunday, February 17, 2013: Lion Dance Parade, Chinese Crackers By The Mile & Dim Sum
.by Anura Guruge
It is Sunday, February 17, 2013.
My earlier assertion that it was on Sunday, February 10, 2013 now appears to be wrong. As I state in the post, I knew it was the 2nd Sunday. Just to make sure I have been checking on a regular basis. Today I found 2 posts that state quite categorically, post-1 & post-2, that it is Sunday, February 17, 2013. That is also when they are having the parade in Las Vegas. So, that makes sense. Sorry. But, I was going by what I could find. We now need to change all our plans and we do have a conflict on the 17th, though China Town will win.
All these pictures are from New Year 2011 in Boston.
We ate at the Hei La Moon which has the big picture windows.
Yes, that is Teischan. Click to ENLARGE.
The Chinese New Year in Boston, with the 3rd largest Chinese community in the U.S., is great fun. We have gone down at least 6 or 7 times. The Chinese New Year, each and every year, spans 15 days. We, oblivious, used to go down on the 1st Sunday of that two-week period. It used to be fairly quiet. Then after talking to a few locals in pidgin English, which I am real fluent in (given that this is my second language), we discovered that: ‘no, no, not this Sunday. Come next Sunday‘. Aaah! The real celebrations are on the 2nd Sunday — and what celebrations they are. Wow, wow and WOW.
It was beyond amazing. What fun. We saw at least 8, yes 8, different Lion/Dragon parades. We followed some. Saw the ritual with the red envelope and the animal trying to eat the fruit.
And then the Chinese crackers. Coming from Ceylon, from the 1950s to boot, I am very familiar with Chinese crackers. We used to use them with gusto and aplomb when I was a kid. But, I have never seen crackers in this quantity. They were unrolling them out by the mile and I kid you not — and exaggerate, if any, by not much. It was rolls upon rolls. The noise, the smoke, the atmosphere. Obviously China Town has impeccable relations with the City and Law Enforcement. Policemen were just lounging about. It was a real holiday.
And then Dim Sum. Yes, it will be the China Pearl. Yes, it will be crowded. Yes, we will wait. All part of the tradition. The parades start at noon. The fireworks about an hour later.
It is a Sunday, so street parking in Boston will be free.
We couldn’t make it last year. I was bummed. It was the same Sunday as ‘The Wild Swans‘ play by the Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) at Plymouth State University and I had bought the tickets in November without checking when New Year was.
I like to celebrate as many New Years per year as I can. Yes, of course, January 1. Then, Chinese. [I am 1/16th Chinese — as you could probably tell from my eyes. My paternal grandmother was 25% Chinese and you could tell that. Very interesting lady. Very stately. Had real bad diabetes — hence why I wait to join the ranks.] April 14 is Sinhalese New Year — and the other 15/16th of me is Sinhalese/Aryan, as far as I know. We don’t really do anything on April 14, and Deanna always forgets. I would celebrate the Jewish New Year, but despite 25 years of extensive interactions with Jewish colleagues and friends I still get so confused by their holidays. I really must make an effort to sort them out.
If you would like to experience Chinese New Year 2013 in Boston, but feel kind of ‘intimidated’, drop me a line or leave a comment. I will try to help out. IF enough people are interested I might even consider taking a group down — and no, I am sorry, but I can’t afford to pay, though I would love to.
.by Anura Guruge
We have been getting promo e-mails for this for months. Given all the shows and concerts we attended in December, I was kind of ignoring them. Then this morning Deanna again got the $15 per seat opening night offer. So, I decided to go for it. For the last 2 years, rather than going to Disney on ice we had been going to the ‘Educational Theatre Collaborative‘ (ETC) production at Plymouth State University: ‘Peter Pan‘ (2011) and ‘The Wild Swans‘ (2012). This year’s show was about the history of Plymouth. Since we are not from Plymouth I knew the kids would not be impressed if I took them to it. So, Disney on Ice was the make-up.
I had to go through damn TicketMaster for the $15 tickets — given that we were not going to be going anywhere close to Manchester in the next few weeks. I hate TicketMaster, I really do. I could only find individual seats, but I managed to get 4 in a cluster, quite close to the ice. I was hell-bent on not paying more than $15 — since that was the offer. Plus we have had great luck with cheap seats at the Verizon, especially with the circus. When all was said and done, and I chose the $2 EXTRA ‘home printing option’, we ended up paying $23.50 per ticket — $8.50 markup per ticket by bloody TicketMaster. That is a 57% markup. I was not happy. But, since it was TicketMaster I always expect to be raped. Yes, I know they have been sued. Most times I just refuse to buy tickets through them. For the circus we always drive down to get the tickets.
A series of personal lists to share ‘MY New Hampshire’ with any interested reader.
This list is in January-to-December chronological order.
Rewarding, Uplifting Fun Events In NH
.1. Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC)
>> play — Plymouth State University.
.2. Jewish Food Festival — Laconia.
.3. Pittsfield Balloon Festival — Pittsfield.
.4. Huggins Hospital Fair — Wolfeboro. ♥
.5. Laconia Multicultural Day
>>— Laconia. ♥
.6. Ringling Brothers Circus
>>— Manchester. ♥
.7. Sandwich Fair — Sandwich. ♥
.8. Pumpkin Festival — Keene.
.9. Clearlakes Chorale — Alton. ♥
10. Revels North — Dartmouth. ♥
♥ — Ones we hardly ever miss.