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Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on February 19, 2010 at 10:43 am
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Celebrate the Year of the Tiger in DC

No, I’m not talking about the latest Tiger Woods apology or another of Wood’s mistresses coming forward, but about the annual Chinese Lunar New Year celebration and parade in Washington, DC.

Chinese new Year - Street scene dancing dragon

Chinese New Year, being the year 4708 and the year of the tiger, was celebrated on February 14th, with the parade happening this weekend.  Chinese Lunar New Years is considered the most important of all Chinese holidays.

Tiger face According to folklore, people born this year, or in any year of the tiger, are physically powerful, courageous, and self-reliant.  Considered loving and loyal friends, they may also be considered selfish or a bit short-tempered.

The other animals which people can be born under include the rat, ox, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig, each considered to have their own personality, similar to people born under specific zodiac signs.

Tradition dictates that married couples and elders give red envelopes filled with cash, called ‘hóng bāo’, to children and younger unmarried friends.  For good luck in the coming year, it’s considered lucky to receive a red envelope with gifts of $6 or $8 as both numbers are considered lucky in the Chinese culture.

This year’s parade will include folk dances with dancers in traditional costumes, musical entertainment ranging from traditional Chinese performers to marching bands, cultural and martial arts demonstrations, and the always popular colorful dancing Chinese dragons which always delights the children.

One of the more popular highlights of the New Year’s parade will be the lighting of the massive 5-story tall firecracker at 3:45 p.m.

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade
Main Parade Route – H Street, NW between 6th and 8th Streets, NW
Main Stage – 7th and H Streets
Washington, DC  (map it)

Chinese nnew Year - Dancing DragonDates & Times – Sunday, February 21, 2010,  2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Admission – Free, no tickets required

Nearest Metro Subway Station – Gallery Place/Chinatown, Green, Yellow and Red lines, then a 1-block walk, or use the DC Circulator bus.

Parking – Limited metered street parking and area paid garage parking is available.

Images – Flickrparade street scene, dancing dragon, tiger

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