Chinese New Year, Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit in Harvard Square
Rabbits, Lions, Lanterns and Lees! Wealth, Abundance, Good Fortune and Harmony! Harvard Square is ready to celebrate the year of the Rabbit. We invite you to walk down Massachusetts Avenue near the Hong Kong and enjoy the red & gold silk lanterns bedecking our lampposts. We welcome you to join us in our annual Chinese New Year Lion Dance procession through Harvard Square and at our cultural "Open House" at the iconic Kong.
The Hong Kong was founded 56 years ago by Sen (Jimmy) Lee and Buoy (Mary) Lee. We commemorate his memory and celebrate Chinese New Year in Harvard Square with Buoy (Mary) and the Lee family. The Hong Kong has long-served as rite of passage for students and visitors. It is a beacon and beloved symbol of the diverse culture found in Harvard Square. The Lee family continues their tradition of community celebration by welcoming the public into their restaurant on Sunday, February 20th for a cultural Open House.
The festivities, which are free and open to the public, begin with a Lion Dance around the lantern-clad oak tree in Winthrop Park (located at the corner of JFK and Mount Auburn Streets) and continue with a sidewalk procession to the Hong Kong where complimentary appetizers and cultural activities for families and children will abound.
Schedule of Events:
1:00 p.m. Lion Dance Assembles in Winthrop Park
1:15 p.m. Dancing around the Oak Tree
1:30 p.m. Lion Dancers lead the sidewalk procession to the Hong Kong
1:45 p.m. Special Tribute to Sen Lee
Events at the Hong Kong:
1:00 -3:00 p.m. 2nd Floor / Crafts, calligraphy, rice dough sculpting, lantern making
1:00 -3:00 p.m. 3rd Floor / Performances, puppet show, Chinese dance (show times will vary)
Special Chinese New Year Menu:
Sunday February 20, 2011 - Chinese New Year special $20.11
The following dishes have been chosen for their significance in Chinese New Year Traditions. Eating these foods is thought to bring wealth, abundance, good fortune and harmony.
Served with your choice of Hot & Sour Soup or Egg Drop Soup, white rice and includes a sliced orange at the end of the meal.