Exploring the Chinese New Year Celebrations in Chinatown

Chinese New Year in Chinatown Philadelphia

 ‘Gung Hay Fat Choy! ~ Best Wishes and Congratulations!’

The Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese Holiday that is celebrated on the first day of the year of the Chinese calendar. In China, the New Year is also known as the Spring Festival and traditionally, the festival was a time to honor deities as well as ancestors.

The Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the 15th day of the first month. The Chinese New year never falls on the same date two years in a row and can fall on any date between January 21 and February 20.

The New Year for 2018 is February 16 and this year marks the ‘Year of the Dog‘. The Dog is an ethical and idealistic sign, and the year that bears its name will also bring increased social awareness and interest in society’s less powerful members. The Dog have excellent manners, easily makes and keeps friends, works very hard, and appreciates luxury and the goodies in life. They are very romantic, loving, sexy and make loyal partners.

The Chinese New Year will kick off with a live Lion dance in Chinatown, on Chinese New Year’s Eve, where there will be fireworks, the sounds of drums, dancers and much more. Throughout the city, there will be traditional Chinese performances, educational experiences and Chinese food events in the next few weeks in honor of the Lunar New Year. Come celebrate the Chinese New Year with your friends and family, exploring an unique culture.

FYI - There will be an early celebration at the Penn Museum on January 27. The information is below.

List of Chinese New Year Celebrations in Philly


• Chinese New Year Celebration at the Penn Museum

January 27 ~ Held at the Penn Museum from 11 am to 4 pm. Guests will enjoy a contemporary Asian film, Kung Fu martial arts demonstrations, Chinese story telling, calligraphy, a lion dance and parade and more. For more info, Click Here.

• Chinese Dumpling Making Party

February 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18 (times vary) ~ Held at 928 Race Street and hosted by Five Spice Philly. Guests will enjoy a fun DIY dumpling evening. While tasting other Chinese appetizers, everyone will acquire a new cooking skill – learn to make your own dumplings! Click on these links for info & details: ~ 14th event ~ ~ 15th event ~ ~ list of events for 16th, 17th & 18th ~

• 18th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration at International House of Philadelphia

February 15 ~ From 7 pm to 9 pm at the International House Philadelphia at 3701 Chestnut Street, enjoy their annual Lunar New Year party. The event will allow guests to enjoy an exhilarating Lion Dancetraditional music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and a reception featuring tastings of traditional Chinese cuisine.  Click Here for tickets, which are $5, $10 or $15. For more info, Click Here.

• New Year’s Eve Lion Dance Performance

February 15~ On Chinese New Year’s Eve, starting at 11 pm at 10th and Race Streets, the Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Troupe will perform a lion dance which will start at 10th and Race streets and wind through the streets of Chinatown. As mentioned, there will be dancers, drums, firecrackers and more. ~ For Info about the Midnight Lion Dance ~ ~ More Info on Lion Dance ~

• Lunar New Year at Independence Seaport Museum

February 17 ~ From 11 am to 3 pm at the Independence Seaport Museum, guests will be able to participate in colorful activities like creating your own Chinese lanterns, dragon puppets and dog drums. Try your hand at calligraphy classes and captivate the whole family through Chinese storytelling. There will also tasty food samples & martial arts demonstrations. All activities are included with Museum admission. For more info, Click Here.

• Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Reading Terminal Market

February 17 ~ FREE - From 10 am to 2 pm at Center Court at the Reading Terminal Market, guests can watch demos on how to make Chinese crepes in City Kitchen, enjoy a Lion Dance performance by the Philadelphia Suns and more. For more info, Click Here.

• The Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance Parade

February 18 ~ From 11 am – 3 pm at 10th and Spring Streets, the festivities will continue throughout Chinatown with firecrackers, martial arts performances, the Philadelphia Suns’ lion dance, and so much more to welcome in the Chinese New Year. For details, click here.

• Chinese New Year Dinner at Bing Bing Dim Sum

February 19 ~ From 5 pm to 10 pm at Bing Bing Dim Sum at 1648 East Passyunk Avenue, enjoy four courses of inspired Chinese fare! For $40.99 per person, enjoy shrimp Siu Mai, house made udon, lacquered duck and mandarin semi Freddo. Call (215)279-7702 for reservations. Details & reservations needed, click here.

• Lunar New Year Celebration at Dim Sum House

February 22 ~ From 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Dim Sum House. Guests are invited to attend the Annual Lunar New Year “Leadership Dinner” in celebration with Ascend! Take this opportunity to meet the Ascend board, and the new leadership team as they say farewell to the Rooster, and celebrate all that we’ve accomplished and all there is to chase after in the Year of the Dog! For more info, Click Here.

• Chinese New Year Dim Sum Brunch at Buddakan

February ?? (waiting for an update) ~ From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buddakan in Old City, enjoy Red tea service, two special lion dancer performances from Penn Lions, and traditional Chinese décor will complete this festive one-time brunch experience. Keeping with the holiday’s tradition, red envelopes will be presented at the completion of the meal with a select number of envelopes revealing complimentary drinks, appetizers, desserts, and brunch. ~ Call for reservations: (215) 574-9440. For details, Click Here. (waiting for update)

• PCDC’s Chinese New Year Banquet

February ?? (waiting for an update) ~ From 5:30 pm to 9 pm, the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) will be celebrating the Year of the Rooster on Friday at Chinatown’s Ocean City Restaurant at 234 N. 9th Street. PCDC hosts this annual fundraiser to help sustain the organization. The funds raised from this banquet will support our work and mission. For details, click here.

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