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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year Around the Main Line

Lunar New Year officially begins on February 10th, but crafty events, festivities, and performances are underway to welcome in the Year of the Dragon!

Lunar New Year (aka Chinese New Year), one of the biggest celebrations in Asian cultures, begins on February 10th. Commencing on the second new moon after the winter solstice, the Lunar New Year holiday continues until the arrival of the new moon. Each year is traditionally represented by one of 12 zodiac animals that are assigned in a sequence. This year’s designated animal is the dragon, which symbolizes strength, power, wisdom, nobility, good fortune, and success.

Asian communities mark the holiday with fireworks, parades, dragon and lion dance performances, and glowing lanterns. Traditional foods, such as Chinese dumplings and noodles, also play a big role in the celebrations. Join the fun at one of these Lunar New Year events around the Main Line and in Philadelphia.

Lead photograph courtesy of the Philadelphia Suns.

Main Line Parent Writer & Calendar Editor. Email beth@familyfocus.org.