Did you know that 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac? Each year in the lunar calendar is represented by one of 12 animals — this year, we can expect plenty of peaceful and patient energy. The Lunar New Year will be observed by many cultures from Sunday, Jan. 22 to Thursday, Feb. 9. There are plenty of ways to celebrate around the Greater Boston area, so let’s hop to it.
34th Annual Tết Day Festival | Sunday, Jan. 15 | 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Flynn Cruiseport, 1 Black Falcon Ave. | $3 in advance, $5 at the door | Join the Vietnamese American Community of Massachusetts to celebrate the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, aka the Year of the Cat, with over 80 vendors serving up food, art, music, culture, and tradition.
Lunar New Year Festival | Saturday, Jan. 28 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem | Cost of admission | Check out the dance performances, self-guided tours + arts and crafts.
Tết Night Concert | Saturday, Jan. 28 | 6:30-11:30 p.m. | IBEW Local 103, 256 Freeport St., Dorchester | $50-$75 | The Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebrations continue with performances by Hoàng Thục Linh and Justin Nguyễn, Y Phương, and VPOP Band.
Lunar New Year Celebration | Sunday, Jan. 29 | 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. | Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St. | Free | Activities for all ages include Chinese red envelope folding, Korean calligraphy, Korean dasik cookie stamping, and rabbit-related crafts.
Chinatown’s Lion Dance Parade | Sunday, Jan. 29 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Chinatown | Free | The opening ceremony will begin at Phillips Square, near the intersection of Harrison Avenue + Beach Street. Spectators can expect elaborate costumes, street food, and music.