Boston is ‘going all out’ for Lunar New Year, according to Conde Nast Traveler


Lunar New Year kicks off on Saturday.

A lion is seen during a lion dance in honor of Chinese New Year in Chinatown in Boston on February 9, 2014. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

Lunar New Year begins Saturday and few U.S. cities are celebrating as thoroughly as Boston, according to Conde Nast Traveler.

  • How to celebrate Lunar New Year in and around Boston

The publication released a list of 8 American cities that are going all out for Lunar New Year and had much to say about Boston’s extensive plans for the holiday.

Here’s what Conde Nast Traveler wrote about the Boston celebration:

With its first Asian American mayor, Michelle Wu, in office and 1 in 10 Bostonians being Asian, the New England hub proudly celebrates its AAPI community throughout the celebratory season. A Lunar New Year Flower Market runs from February 2 to 9 at China Trade Center, while the Vietnamese 35th Annual Tết in Boston Day Festival takes place February 4 at Flynn Cruiseport. Both MIT’s LEAP Lab and the Peabody Essex Museum hold events on February 10, while Berklee College of Music puts on a 2024 Chinese New Year Concert on February 13, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts has special $5 pricing on February 15 to enjoy brush painting, martial arts demos, and Vietnamese dancing.

It all culminates on February 18 with the Chinese New Year Lion Dance Parade in Phillips Square. For a deep dive, join the Boston Chinatown Tours special tour that morning at 9 a.m. before the parade to learn about the importance of the holiday and the lion dance, followed by a dim sum meal after the procession. Also that day, the Lunar New Year Cultural Village at China Trade Center focuses on kids’ activities like calligraphy, origami, and lantern making.

Conde Nast Traveler

For more details about Lunar New Year celebrations, check out our guide of ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year in and around Boston.

View the list of 8 American cities that are going all out for Lunar New Year.