One of the most intriguing things about the nations of the world are the vast holidays we celebrate. In the United States, the biggest, grandest holidays are obvious to us – Thanksgiving, Christmas, the Fourth of July, Halloween (this is up for debate, of course). You may or may not be aware, but the Lunar New Year, commonly known as Chinese New Year, is the ultimate representation of celebration in China. It is the most massive and significant holiday in Chinese culture. It’s so big that several other countries recognize and celebrate the holiday.
DC is no exception. Several festivities will take place throughout the district, including the annual Chinese New Year Parade and Festival in Chinatown on January 29th. The parade will feature a traditional Dragon Dance, Kung Fu demonstrations, and live music.
The Chinatown Community Cultural Center on H Street is also having a day full of Lunar New Year activities on January 29th. Beginning at 12 pm, programs and activities include: live music and performances, Chinese calligraphy, crafts, face painting, tai chi and kung fu demonstrations, lion dancing, poetry readings, film screenings, art and photo exhibits, raffle prizes, New Year souvenirs, free giveaways, and more.
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is hosting a Lunar New Year Celebration on Feb. 4th. This event is FREE! A family-friendly event, learn the art of paper cutting calligraphy, Chinese makeup, and more.
Guotai held a Lunar New Year celebration last night at Asia Nine in Gaithersburg, MD. It was a fun-filled night of Asian fusion food, Guotai cocktails, and live music. Check out some photos from the event below!