The Chinese New Year (also known as the Spring Festival) is the most important of all Chinese Holidays. Celebrated in heavily populated Chinese communities in the United States, the Chinese New Year is a 15 day celebration beginning on the first lunar day in the Chinese calendar and ending with the Lantern Festival. In large cities, such as in Chicago, the New Chinese Year is celebrated in style, keeping up with traditional festival activities such as the Chinese lion dance.
Every year in Chicago’s China Town community, a huge celebration of the Chinese New Year takes place. 2009 will be no different as the festivities will take place on February 10th 2009 starting at 1 p.m. The parade will take place at 2400 South Wentworth Avenue. From Wentworth, the parade will head north to Cermak Road.
January 26th, 2009 marks the beginning of the year of the Ox, which is considered a very important year as it is said that success will be attained solely through hard work.
The celebrations in Chicago typically consist of a parade featuring a 100ft. dragon float and foods such as their moon cakes. Despite how cold the weather usually is during this time of year, taking part in the festivities and watching the parade is enjoyable for the entire family. If you are unable to tolerate the temperatures (as anyone knows in Chicago, this can fluctuate in mere hours), there is also a show that takes place annually at the Arie Crown Theater by the Divine Performing Arts on Tour from China. Ticket prices for the show start at $28.00 can be purchased through ticketmaster.com. The first show takes place on January 25th with additional shows on the 26th.
If you have never visited Chinatown for the Chinese New Year’s events, you will want to check it out. As a child and teenager, I had the pleasure of being able to go to the parade. It is something new and exciting for anyone who wants to learn about other cultures and traditions. Definitely a great educational and learning experience for children.
Are You an Ox?
If you were born in 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, or 1997 you are an Ox according to the Chinese Zodiac. Your characteristics include being alert, having a strong leadership presence, being demanding, being stubborn, methodical, you dislike failure, and you are (or will make) a great parent. You are compatible with others in the snake or rooster zodiac and should avoid sheep members. Some good career choices for and Ox like you include being a hairstylist. Some notable oxen include Walt Disney, and Vincent Van Gogh.