Photo Story: Chinese New Year in Boston
This past Sunday Chinese Americans from around the greater Boston area gathered in Chinatown’s Phillips Square to celebrate the Year of the Dragon, which is the luckiest year in the Chinese zodiac. This annual event included traditional lions dancing and performances from different Asian cultural clubs. The streets were cleared in order for visitors to observe the cultural village and explore the shops and markets. The atmosphere was welcoming, allowing residents and visitors to explore these aspects of Chinese tradition.
Paraders displayed their families flags as well as the American flag
Stands and booths were set up selling traditional Chinese souvenirs including paper dragons and lanterns.
These lions are said to ward off evil spirits and devour the heads of lettuce and oranges
Woman doing a traditional Chinese dance on the main stage in Phillips Square
Children going up to touch the lion after his dance
Chinese flags were raised high through the streets of Chinatown
On The New Year it is tradition to give red envelopes as a token of prosperity for the New Year
Miniature Buddha's were popular among the souvenir stands.