The Year of the Snake is upon us.
Communities across eastern Massachusetts are hosting events to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Those born under the Year of the Snake are said to be the wisest and most enigmatic among Chinese zodiac signs.
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.
Dorchester hosted its annual Tet in Boston celebration on Feb. 2.
The Vietnamese festival celebrates the New Year with food, games, and entertainment, drawing close to 3,000 participants from across New England.
The event was organized by the Vietnamese American Community of Massachusetts and the Intercollegiate Vietnamese Student Association of New England.
On Feb. 23, the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development will host the Viet-AID Tet Festival. The event, held at the organizations headquarters on Charles Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include Vietnamese delicacies, dances, and firecrackers.
Chinese language and culture is alive and well at Hyde Park’s Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School.
The school incorporates Asian teaching methods into its curriculum and requires students in grades seven to 12 to study Mandarin.
This year, the school will host a benefit dinner to welcome the Year of the Snake at the Hei La Moon Restaurant in the Leather District.
The benefit will take place on Feb. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Students from the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School in Hyde Park will showcase more than 15 performances of song, dance, dramatic performances, and martial arts, as part of a Chinese New Year celebration.
The school offers the only elementary Chinese language program in Boston.
The Chinese New Year showcase has two performances on Feb. 13. The event was originally scheduled for Feb. 8 but was rescheduled due to a weather-related school closure.
Quincy will welcome the Year of the Snake with its 25th Annual Lunar New Year Festival on Feb. 24.
The event, held at North Quincy High School, will feature live entertainment, arts and crafts, and Asian foods.
More than 8,000 people helped celebrate the Year of the Dragon during the 2012 festival, which was organized by Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.
Quincy restaurants, including Grand Chinatown on Billings Road, will offer special menus in celebration of the New Year.
In Malden, the Chinese Culture Connection, Inc. welcomed the Year of the Snake on Feb. 2, in collaboration with Malden High School’s Asian Cultural Club.
The program featured a lion dance, performances of Chinese dances, music, break dancing, a martial arts demonstration, and a fashion show. Arts and crafts tables with Chinese calligraphy and rice dough sculptures were also part of this event.
The Artbeat studio in Arlington celebrates the Year of the Snake by featuring special walk-in projects.
Sand painting, popular at the studio, is offered to feature this year’s animal sign.
Since its establishment in 1960, China Blossom in North Andover has celebrated the Chinese New Year.
The restaurant recently invited the public to enjoy the popular Lion Dance, other traditional dances, and musical performances.
Additionally, the restaurant offers authentic dishes, dim sum, and a buffet. The annual celebration will take place on Feb. 10.
Performances by local community groups, food, and music marked the celebration of the Vietnamese New Year at UMass Lowell on Jan. 26.
The annual event drew hundreds from the campus and community.
It was presented by UMass Lowell’s Vietnamese Student Association in collaboration with other organizations throughout Lowell.
The Year of the Snake will be celebrated through art at the Peabody Essex Museum on Feb. 9.
The festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will highlight Asian art exhibits, offer arts and crafts, and feature dance performances.
The Science Discovery Museum is making Chinese New Year crafts in celebration of the Year of the Snake.
Participants can stop by the event on Feb. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. It is free with the cost of museum admission.
MIT’s Chinese Association of Science and Technology (CAST) is hosting a Chinese Spring Festival Party in celebration of the New Year.
The party, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 15, will feature authentic Chinese food.
CAST has been a student organization at MIT for the past 20 years.