Chinese New Year in Boston

Today was the big celebration of the Chinese New Year in Boston’s Chinatown, and after having lived here for 9 years, I finally managed to see it! We watched as the dragons and drummers went from business to business, stopping at each door to dance, “eat” an orange and a head of lettuce, and set off firecrackers. We didn’t know the symbolism behind , so we stopped a couple of Chinese teens to ask what the significance of it all was. They couldn’t tell us, so looks like I’m going to have to do a little research…

When lunchtime approached, my mouth was watering for some fabulous Chinese delicacy, but with two young kids in tow–especially Aidan, who is hardly the most adventurous eater–we had to settle for far less interesting food. Yes, that’s right, in the midst of all this cultural extravaganza, we ended up eating in Chinatown’s McDonald’s. (I’m so embarrassed to admit this…) However, our lunch was saved from being a complete cultural wasteland by the dragons and drums, who actually came into the McDonald’s for a dance. They ate the orange and lettuce (didn’t set off any firecrackers, though!), and made the rounds through the place before heading back out to the streets. You don’t see action like that in McDonald’s very often, do you?

Anyway, here are a few pictures from our day. When I learn more about the symbolism, I’ll come back and add some captions.








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