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Boston Chinatown “Chinese New Year 2018” Dragon Parades Are Sunday, Feb. 25 — BUT, Heavy Rain.

by Anura Guruge


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In past years we have had BLIZZARDS — e.g., 2013 for the Chinatown New Year.

This year, for Boston, it is heavy rain, 5″ – 8″ snow for us.

The Dragon Parades won’t be fun in the rain.

Yes, you could watch them from a restaurant, but that is NOT much fun.

Plus, Chinatown isn’t exactly car friendly and parking, even outside of New Year, is hard. So, you really need to walk.

So, a heads up. If you plan to go on Sunday you will get soaked.

They are serving Dim Sum, at China Pearl, on Saturday. I called and checked.

I can’t, however, get any sense as to whether there will be any Dragon Parades on Saturday. I SUSPECT that there might be — because of the Sunday rain. But, I could be wrong.


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The Chinese “Year Of The Dog” Is Here. Happy New Year 2018.

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The Chinese New Year, 2018 — “The Year Of The Dog” — is here, as of Friday, February 16, 2016.

It continues for at least 2-weeks.

The festivities in Chinatown, Boston — i.e., the Dragon Parades etc. — per my recockning will be on Sunday, February 25, 2018. It is usually on the 2nd (and last) Sunday of that 2 week period and that is the 25th. I will keep you updated.

In the meantime, have a ball. Pet a dog.

All the images used in the above collage were from pictures I took at the UNH (Durham, NH), ‘Confucius Institute’, Woodblock Exhibition, for the New Year, on Tuesday.

Happy New Year.


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Chinese New Year 2018 — From The Perspective Of Trains In China ‘Ready-to-Roll’.

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China is expecting 390 million people to travel by train over the 2018 “Year of the Dog” New Year period — that started ‘yesterday’. 

That is 65 million MORE PEOPLE than the ENTIRE U.S. population.

Just think of that. Makes the so called Thanksgiving travel crush seem rather tame.

Yes, they have the rail system to cope with this PLUS a huge fleet of genuinely high-speed trains. We equate Japan with high-speed bullet trains but it is CHINA rather than Japan that currently has the fastest bullet train — a train capable of travelling 210 mph!

So, take a second to marvel.

Happy New Year.


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Happy Chinese New Year 2018, “Year Of The Dog” — Starting This Friday, February 16.

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Those of you who know me or follow this blog must have worked that I celebrate three (3) New Years, each year, with gusto — January 1, Chinese New Year & then Sinhala New Year on April 14.

Well, Chinese New Year is coming up and for us in New Hampshire it is a welcome respite from the cold and snow. Yes, we plan to go down to Boston, as we do nearly every year, to celebrate.

But, today I just wanted to give you a heads up.

Year of the Dog — and though I am, alas, a ‘snake’, as you know I am inordinately fond of dogs.

Don’t forget, FREE celebratory event at the ‘Confucius Institute’, UNH (Durham, NH) tomorrow and Wednesday.


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2018 Chinese New Year, “Year Of The Dog”, Free Event At ‘Confucius Institute’, UNH (Durham, NH).

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Another event being presented by my friends at the UNH ‘Confucius Institute‘.

This is their traditional, yearly celebration in February for the Chinese New Year – this being the “Year of the Dog“. Hence the dog-theme.

This should be GOOD, very good. The UNH Confucius Institute specializes in EXCELLENCE.

As is invariably the case, it is FREE. So mark your calendars. It will be well worth it.


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