The Year of the Horse has arrived, and with it a host of events in Chinatown and beyond to celebrate the Lunar New Year. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Happy Chinese New Year! Today marks the arrival of the Year of the Horse, and celebrations of the Lunar New Year continue this weekend with a number of events commemorating the turn of the Chinese calendar.
Last night was the official Chinese New Year’s Eve celebration in Chinatown, ushering in the Lunar New Year at midnight with a lion dance parade, fireworks and merriment.
This weekend, festivities continue with a Chinese Lunar New Year Banquet at Rising Tide Restaurant and a Chinese New Year dinner at Bar Ferdinand, plus dining specials at Buddakan and more.
Come Saturday, February 1, spend the day at the Lunar New Year at the Independence Seaport Museum, which span beyond Chinese cultural events, and incorporate Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures through dance performances and crafts. Activities are included in museum admission.
Finally, on Sunday, February 2, Philadelphia Sun’s Lion Dance Parade and martial arts demonstrations take over Chinatown from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The parade begins at 10th and Spring streets and continues from there, with martial arts demonstrations throughout the day.
Don’t miss ringing in the Lunar New Year.
Lunar New Year at the Independence Seaport Museum
When: Saturday, February 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 211 S. Columbus Boulevard
Cost: Free with museum admission; $13.50, adults; $10, seniors; $10, children
More info: www.phillyseaport.org
Philadelphia Sun’s Lion Dance Parade
When: Sunday, February 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: 10th and Race streets
More info: www.chinatown-pcdc.org