If you need a few extra weeks before digging into your New Year's Resolutions, you're in luck: You've got another chance to begin anew with the Chinese New Year. The Year of the Dog falls on February 16 this year (though festivities occur all month long). Whether you're more in the mood for a dragon dance or a great Chinese restaurant, we've rounded up some of the best Chinese New Year celebrations in Chicago.
What is the Chinese New Year?
The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is one of the most imporant Chinese holidays. The centuries-old tradition honors dieties and ancestors, and much of the celebration centers around life at home, time for relaxation and family bonding. Traditionally, homes are cleaned, gifts are exchanged and red paper lanterns are hung to welcome and bring good luck in the new year. According to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac, 2018 is the Year of the Dog.
When is the Chinese New Year?
The Chinese New Year occurs on Friday, February 16, 2018. Two parades celebrate the holiday: the Argyle Street Lunar New Year Parade on Saturday, Feburary 24 and the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade on Sunday, February 25.