Boston’s Chinatown, the third largest Chinese enclave in the country, hosts a yearly celebration of the Chinese New Year.
The Chinese Lion Dance Parade will take place on Feb. 17 at 11 a.m.
The annual parade reflects a Chinese tradition that dates back thousands of years. Two people operate a lion costume and go door-to-door eliciting donations in exchange for a performance. According to the tradition, those who give to the lion troupe will receive good tidings for the new year.
In addition to the parade, Chinatown Main Street is presenting a Chinese New Year Flower Market from Feb. 6 to 9. The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the final day, the Lion Dance will be performed at the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Restaurants in Chinatown also celebrate the holiday by offering seasonal dishes, such as dumplings, noodles, and smoked meats.