Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Hi, it’s Leslie Harris, and Chinese New Year began on Tuesday, but it continues for 15 days, according to one of my Chinese friends. It’s the year of the Tiger, and my friend says that you should set the tone of your year by doing what brings you joy for the 15 days of celebration, and then on Day 15, Spring Lantern Day, you will be in the light of your passion and purpose. In Chinese culture, the tiger symbolizes bravery, strength and wisdom.

Some Chinese New Year celebrations in our area include:

On February 5th, lunar New Year on Argyle, from noon to 4:00, with the parade kicking off at 1:00 at Argyle and Winthrop in Chicago. Details HERE

Amalgam Martial Academy in Downers Grove is having a celebration on February 5 as well. They’ll have traditional Chinese celebration food, you can try classes, watch demonstrations of traditional Chinese Martial arts, and special deals. Find out more HERE

Also on February 5th there’s a Chinese New Year celebration at Navy Pier in Chicago, with Lion dancers, Miss Chinese Chicago and the Xilin dance company, as well as musical performances. Details HERE

There is A taste of China walking tour that is happening now through the end of February. More info HERE

And the biggest event is the Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown on February 13th. The parade begins at 1:00 at Cermak and Wentworth and will have dragon and lion dancing teams along with marching bands, colorful floats and other groups. I have been to the Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown a number of times, and I’m planning on going again this year. It’s really fun! More info HERE

Will you be partaking in any of these celebrations? Let me know in the Facebook comments