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Boston Chinese New Year: Sunday, February 17, 2013 — It Is Snowing Quite Hard In Boston. Heads UP.

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>> Boston, Chinese New Year, Feb. 17, 2013
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Feb 16. 2013.
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The Year Of The Snake — Feb. 10, 2013.
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Boston Chinese New Year 2013:
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Feb. 8, 2013.
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Chinese New Year 2013 In Boston: Sunday,
>> February 17, 2013
Jan. 22, 2013.


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Happy New Year.

It is snowing quite heavily in Boston and eastern Massachusetts — per my earlier heads up yesterday morning. Roads are supposed to be slippery. So watch out — especially for the maniacs driving German SUVs & cars and think that they can defy the laws of physics.

We, alas, will not be going. I am beyond bummed. The snow alone would not have deterred me, I have been in and out of Boston in much, much worse. Teischan, gratis of Dartmouth Hitchcock (Concord), has walking pneumonia! If all of their doctors were half-way competent she would have been cured by now — since we also took her in, on an emergency basis, last Tuesday. So, I am not a happy camper.

The snow is expected to moderate around 1pm. They will most likely still have the dragon/lion parades and crackers. This but comes once a year. If you can get to China Town on the ‘tube’ (which we have done numerous times having parked at the Museum of Science, where we were Members) I would still go. It won’t be fun. The tall building will shield you some, but will also act as wind tunnels.

If you went, and have pictures, PLEASE share.

Happy New Year. A pox on some of doctors at DHMC Concord. May the Chines New Year snake bite them, painfully, on their arses.

Boston Chinese New Year 2013: Sunday, February 17, 2013 — SNOW? Another Storm? Is This The Work Of A Snake?

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> The Year Of The Snake — Feb. 10, 2013.
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Boston Chinese New Year 2013:
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Feb. 8, 2013.
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Chinese New Year 2013 In Boston: Sunday,
>> February 17, 2013
Jan. 22, 2013.
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Dim Sum In China Town, Boston — The Update — Sept. 3, 2012.
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Dim Sum In China Town, Boston — Aug. 24, 2012.


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Happy New Year.

Deanna was checking the Boston weather and amazed me by saying that it is expected to snow Saturday and Sunday in Boston. Wow. A week after the Blizzard. I am still keen to go and a New Year comes only but once a year — though I celebrate three and plan to make that four this year by cracking the Jewish protocols. 1″ snow isn’t a big deal. I have drive in and out of Boston in much, much worse. But, as Deanna points out it is what happens when we get to China Town. We will play it by ear. Just wanted to give you a head’s up.

Happy Chinese New Year 2013: The Year Of The Snake.

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Anura Guruge


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Boston Chinese New Year 2013: Good Job It Is February 17
>>Feb. 8, 2013.

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Chinese New Year 2013 In Boston: Sunday, February 17, 2013
>>Jan. 22, 2013.
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Dim Sum In China Town, Boston — The Update — Sept. 3, 2012.
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Dim Sum In China Town, Boston — Aug. 24, 2012.


Happy New Year.

Happy New Year. Trust me, you cannot ever have too many New Years per year. More the better, more the merrier. I have another one coming up in April. And maybe this year IF I can finally sort it out I will also celebrate the Jewish New Year.

All this said, let us not forget that the Chinese are ‘illegally’ processing ivory even as we read this and doing so, as with everything they do, on a grand scale. This is bad. But, there is nothing we can do to deter the Chinese.


You are a SNAKE if you were born:

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Click if you want to learn more.

That I am a snake is so sad and ironic. I truly hate snakes. But, you really can’t blame me. Where I come from snakes kill and do so everyday.


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Boston Chinese New Year 2013 With Dragon Parades — Good Job It Is February 17 Rather Than This Blizzard Weekend.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Chinese New Year 2013 In Boston: Sunday, February 17, 2013
>>Jan. 22, 2013.
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Dim Sum In China Town, Boston — The Update — Sept. 3, 2012.
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Dim Sum In China Town, Boston — Aug. 24, 2012.


I am so glad that is is NEXT Sunday, February 17, 2013
rather than this Sunday.

Get a feeling that Boston is going to get buried and Chinatown has narrow roads and lanes.

I think it will all be back to normal by next weekend, though I am sure there will be banks of snow around.

‘China Pearl’ the only place for good Dim Sum in Boston after a normal snow storm.

Downtown Boston, not that far from Chinatown, during the ‘Blizzard of 1978’.

Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove, Manchester, NH, Verizon Arena, January 30, 2013. We Went. It Was Fun. Some Pictures.

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Related post:
>> Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Ringling Brothers ‘Fully Charged’ Circus … — Sep. 30, 2012.


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All the pictures by Deanna with her new Panasonic ZS20 (without flash).



I will admit it. It exceeded my expectations, but I hadn’t set the bar very high. But, lets face it, I was far from the target audience. The kids were mesmerized, tantalized and given a magical carpet ride, both figuratively and literally. What more can you ask. Yes, it was good. It was fun. It was slick. It was Disney with a Feld twist (see the top, very cute, thank you e-mail from them). Feld’s are who do the ‘Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey‘ circus, in Manchester, that we go to each year, without fail. Given our familiarity with the circus, we could see the similarities. But, that is OK. The Feld’s try hard.

The show was choreographed to the minute. 40 minute first half, 1 hour second half. Started at 7, finished, on the nose at 9. Not counting the Disney key character cameos, they did 8 or 9 Disney shows: Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lion King, Snow White, Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Tangled, Super Heroes etc. Alice, Peter Pan, Toy Story and Aladdin were long, featured segments. The others were shorter. The Lion King dramatization with costumes was brilliant, pure Geld circus. It was good. I particularly liked the lighted lanterns from Tangled. That was a nice touch. That was my favorite.

That we paid $15 seat, not counting the 57% markup by the despicable TicketMaster, made it even better. We had reasonable seats, but not together. Teischan had a ‘B’ row seat. So 2nd row OFF the ice. I think it was too close. But she loved it. Deanna sat directly behind her in ‘C’ and I sat in ‘D’. Devanee sat in ‘F’, and though she acted as if she was not amused, liked the show. She probably had the best seat, given the banking.



A Few Random Observations & Comments:
>> They started the show by TRYING to get the audience to get up and do some warm up exercises. They, with the help of the Super Heroes, were stressing the importance of exercise. That was good. I was impressed. That only 25% of the audience stood up, as urged, to swing a leg reminded me that this was NH. No, I didn’t bother to get up. But, I had slogged up Prospect Mountain for my 2.25 mile run before the show. But, here is what spoiled it all. The male Master of Ceremonies that they had, introducing this exercise segment, dressed in a tight black sweat shirt, looked like he was 13 months pregnant! Talk about setting a bad example. Reminded me, at once, about Destination Imagination NH and going to their meets. All these good people stand up and extol the kids of numerous uplifting virtues, but many of them look as if they are wearing fat suits to appear funny.

>> Every time I go to the Verizon I am struck by what a big problem we have in NH, especially in the Winter, with OBESITY. I was just looking at the men, acutely aware that I still need to lose 15 pounds — having already lost 5 pounds since last week. [Deanna admitted that she hates me!] What can I say. I asked my friend, ‘my brain‘, to help. So many of the men are grotesquely obese! This is not good.

>> They were advertising event parking at $10, $15 and $25! It was a 7pm show. I didn’t appreciate it, but the meters near the Verizon, during the week, are 8am to 8pm. But, they are only 75 cents an hour, two hour max. So even at 6pm you could get a ticket valid till 8pm for $1.50. After 8pm it is free! I guess people don’t know the parking situation around the arena. That is a pity.

>> The economy has to be good in NH. People were spending money on food, drinks, cotton candy and the toys like there was no tomorrow. That is good. Good for the economy. I was pleased. We didn’t buy anything in the arena (for a change). The kids are getting better. They now realize that the LED Mohawk headgear you buy for $20 at the Verizon is available in the mall for $2.

Chinese New Year 2013 In Boston: Sunday, February 17, 2013: Lion Dance Parade, Chinese Crackers By The Mile & Dim Sum

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
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Dim Sum In China Town, Boston — The Update — Sept. 3, 2012.
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Dim Sum In China Town, Boston — Aug. 24, 2012.


It is Sunday, February 17, 2013.

My earlier assertion that it was on Sunday, February 10, 2013 now appears to be wrong. As I state in the post, I knew it was the 2nd Sunday. Just to make sure I have been checking on a regular basis. Today I found 2 posts that state quite categorically, post-1 & post-2, that it is Sunday, February 17, 2013. That is also when they are having the parade in Las Vegas. So, that makes sense. Sorry. But, I was going by what I could find. We now need to change all our plans and we do have a conflict on the 17th, though China Town will win.


All these pictures are from New Year 2011 in Boston.
We ate at the Hei La Moon which has the big picture windows.
Yes, that is Teischan. Click to ENLARGE.



The Chinese New Year in Boston, with the 3rd largest Chinese community in the U.S., is great fun. We have gone down at least 6 or 7 times. The Chinese New Year, each and every year, spans 15 days. We, oblivious, used to go down on the 1st Sunday of that two-week period. It used to be fairly quiet. Then after talking to a few locals in pidgin English, which I am real fluent in (given that this is my second language), we discovered that: ‘no, no, not this Sunday. Come next Sunday‘. Aaah! The real celebrations are on the 2nd Sunday — and what celebrations they are. Wow, wow and WOW.

We went in 2011 — the day before Deanna went in for her back surgery.

It was beyond amazing. What fun. We saw at least 8, yes 8, different Lion/Dragon parades. We followed some. Saw the ritual with the red envelope and the animal trying to eat the fruit.

And then the Chinese crackers. Coming from Ceylon, from the 1950s to boot, I am very familiar with Chinese crackers. We used to use them with gusto and aplomb when I was a kid. But, I have never seen crackers in this quantity. They were unrolling them out by the mile and I kid you not — and exaggerate, if any, by not much. It was rolls upon rolls. The noise, the smoke, the atmosphere. Obviously China Town has impeccable relations with the City and Law Enforcement. Policemen were just lounging about. It was a real holiday.

And then Dim Sum. Yes, it will be the China Pearl. Yes, it will be crowded. Yes, we will wait. All part of the tradition. The parades start at noon. The fireworks about an hour later.

It is a Sunday, so street parking in Boston will be free.

We couldn’t make it last year. I was bummed. It was the same Sunday as ‘The Wild Swans play by the Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) at Plymouth State University and I had bought the tickets in November without checking when New Year was.

I like to celebrate as many New Years per year as I can. Yes, of course, January 1. Then, Chinese. [I am 1/16th Chinese — as you could probably tell from my eyes. My paternal grandmother was 25% Chinese and you could tell that. Very interesting lady. Very stately. Had real bad diabetes — hence why I wait to join the ranks.] April 14 is Sinhalese New Year — and the other 15/16th of me is Sinhalese/Aryan, as far as I know. We don’t really do anything on April 14, and Deanna always forgets. I would celebrate the Jewish New Year, but despite 25 years of extensive interactions with Jewish colleagues and friends I still get so confused by their holidays. I really must make an effort to sort them out.

If you would like to experience Chinese New Year 2013 in Boston, but feel kind of ‘intimidated’, drop me a line or leave a comment. I will try to help out. IF enough people are interested I might even consider taking a group down — and no, I am sorry, but I can’t afford to pay, though I would love to.


Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove — Manchester, NH, Verizon Arena From January 31 to February 3, 2013.

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We have been getting promo e-mails for this for months. Given all the shows and concerts we attended in December, I was kind of ignoring them. Then this morning Deanna again got the $15 per seat opening night offer. So, I decided to go for it. For the last 2 years, rather than going to Disney on ice we had been going to the ‘Educational Theatre Collaborative‘ (ETC) production at Plymouth State University: ‘Peter Pan‘ (2011) and ‘The Wild Swans‘ (2012). This year’s show was about the history of Plymouth. Since we are not from Plymouth I knew the kids would not be impressed if I took them to it. So, Disney on Ice was the make-up.

I had to go through damn TicketMaster for the $15 tickets — given that we were not going to be going anywhere close to Manchester in the next few weeks. I hate TicketMaster, I really do. I could only find individual seats, but I managed to get 4 in a cluster, quite close to the ice. I was hell-bent on not paying more than $15 — since that was the offer. Plus we have had great luck with cheap seats at the Verizon, especially with the circus. When all was said and done, and I chose the $2 EXTRA ‘home printing option’, we ended up paying $23.50 per ticket — $8.50 markup per ticket by bloody TicketMaster. That is a 57% markup. I was not happy. But, since it was TicketMaster I always expect to be raped. Yes, I know they have been sued. Most times I just refuse to buy tickets through them. For the circus we always drive down to get the tickets.

Ten In New Hampshire: Rewarding, Uplifting Fun Events.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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A series of personal lists to share ‘MY New Hampshire’ with any interested reader.
This list is in January-to-December chronological order.


Rewarding, Uplifting Fun Events In NH

.1. Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC)
>> play — Plymouth State University.

Last year’s plat by the ETC.

.2. Jewish Food Festival — Laconia.

.3. Pittsfield Balloon Festival — Pittsfield.

.4. Huggins Hospital Fair — Wolfeboro.

.5. Laconia Multicultural Day
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— Laconia.

.6. Ringling Brothers Circus
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— Manchester. 

.7. Sandwich Fair — Sandwich.

.8. Pumpkin Festival — Keene.

.9. Clearlakes Chorale — Alton.

10. Revels North — Dartmouth.



— Ones we hardly ever miss.