Top 3 Places to Celebrate the Chinese New Year for Free
February 6, 2019
This is how ROSS’ affordable apartments in Washington DC will be celebrating Lunar New Year!
On the night of the Lunar New Year, celebrations are happening all around the city. The sharp sound of firecrackers and the red and gold of symbolic decorations will surround the ROSS Companies’ affordable apartments in Washington DC. Families will be gathered around the table, enjoying traditional foods and wishing for luck in this next part of their journey. How will you celebrate?
What’s the best place to celebrate the Chinese New Year? Chinatown. Duh, right. But there’s more going on than you might think! The DC Chinese New Year Parade takes place in Gallery Place on February 10 beginning at 2 p.m. If you attend, you’ll see more than the traditional dragon floats and firecrackers. This year there will be more performance groups than ever, including Chinese folk dancers, beauty queens, and kung fu martial artists showing off their best moves. In addition, there will be ample entertainment before the parade, courtesy of the Chinatown Community Cultural Center. From 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy live performances, educational activities, and other family-oriented events. Welcome the Year of the Pig with an unforgettable day!
The Kennedy Center
Compared to its usual ritzy fair, these Kennedy Center events are a bargain: they’re totally free! Starting on February 7, there will be one major event per day for the Lunar New Year. On February 7 at 6 p.m., come to the Millennium Stage for a live performance by the Guangdong National Orchestra Ensemble. This is will be a stunning display of the musical culture of China, featuring rare instruments like the pipa, erhu, and daruan. On the 8th of February at 6 p.m., you can see the Guangdong Arts Troupe on the same stage. Live music will create the soundtrack for a wealth of performances by award-winning artists. You can expect to see dancing, acrobatics, and sophisticated puppetry. Lastly, on February 9 at 10 a.m., there will be a family-friendly celebration of the Year of the Pig. Get your face painted, dress up like a Cantonese opera singer, or make a red lantern! Or increase your cultural fluency with marionette puppet and calligraphy demonstrations, traditional Cantonese music, and an exhibit of opera costumes.
These smaller, local celebrations are a great way to get off the beaten path this Lunar New Year. Each of the 13 branches of the Montgomery County Public Library system will have a full roster of programs. These events will be about more than just the Chinese culture, featuring traditions from several other countries that celebrate the Lunar New Year, like Korea and Vietnam. In addition to music, dance, and other performances, you can look forward to learning more about the customs commonly practice on Lunar New Year. You can try practicing tai-chi, building a Chinese yo-yo, and even performing the traditional lion dance yourself! Then, on February 16, you can visit Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville to enjoy samples of various Asian cuisines and see multi-generational performances.
Don’t forget to fight bad luck this Lunar New Year by hanging red lanterns and auspicious paper cuttings! It’s certain that people all around the city will be doing the same. Cultural diversity and fantastic events like those above are just a few of the reasons to choose one of ROSS’ affordable apartments in Washington DC. To find out why else residents choose Ross, take a tour today.