Chinatown Celebrates Year of the Snake
Chinatown celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year on Sunday, February 17, 2013. 2013 is the year of the snake and the celebration is also referred to as the Chinese Spring Festival. It began with a parade at 24th and Wenthworth then headed north to Cermak.
Chinatown's annual New Year's fest features colorful dragon floats, cultural dances and ceremonial gifts to keep good luck going for the new year. After the parade a rally was held. It was hosted by the Chinatown Special Events Committee it featured local merchants, government officials along with members of the Chinatown community . The celebration would not be complete without firecrackers exploding, they did. Shooting off firecrackers on New Year's Eve is the Chinese way of sending out the old year and welcoming in the New Year.
Researching the Chinese New Year I came across a few interesting facts:
- The date for Chinese New Year varies from year to year based on the lunar cycle. It always falls sometime in January or February.
- The whole holiday actually lasts fifteen days.
- The most important day of Chinese New Year is Chinese New Year’s eve and the first day of Chinese New Year – traditionally the day for the Chinese New Year parade. People in Hong Kong will take two or three days off work, in China up to a week.
- It’s estimated that a sixth of the world celebrate Chinese New Year, including more than 1 billion Chinese citizens.
- Chinese New Year is the world’s largest human migration as Chinese workers travel home to their families.
Here are some photos from the Chinatown New Year Celebration:
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