Chinese New Year in Harvard Square: The Year of the Water Dragon Starts at 1PM on Sunday!

The pageantry begins at 1:00pm on Sunday, February 12th in historic Winthrop Park with a lion dance around the ancient oak tree. Immediately following the dance, join in the festivities as we parade through Harvard Square, past red and gold silk lanterns festooning the wrought iron lampposts on Massachusetts Avenue, and onward to our final destination, The Hong Kong Restaurant.

The Hong Kong, a venerable Harvard Square institution since 1954, opens its doors and welcomes the public for an afternoon of food, art and music. These family friendly activities begin at 1:00pm and conclude at 3:00pm. The Hong Kong stands as a shining example of the diverse cultures and cuisine that one can find in Harvard Square.

Schedule of Events
1:00 pm Lion Dance Parade assembles in Winthrop Park (corner of JFK and Mount Auburn Street)
1:30 pm Lion Dance Parade to the Hong Kong along JFK Street to Massachusetts Avenue
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Arts and Crafts on the 2nd floor of the Hong Kong Restaurant; there will also be lantern riddles and prizes for participating winners
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Musical Performances on the 3rd floor of the Hong Kong Restaurant

It is the year of the Water Dragon. Those born in ‘dragon years’ are known to be innovative, self-assured, passionate and brave. They tend to be free spirited creatures who believe that rules and regulations are for other people. Naturally confident and fearless, they are usually very successful. Famous people born in the year of the dragon include Liam Neeson, Jeff Goldblum and Lorna Luft.

This event is produced by the Chinese Culture Connection of Malden, the Lee family of the Hong Kong Restaurant and the Harvard Square Business Association.

For more information about this event, please call the Chinese Cultural Connection at (781) 321-6316 or the Hong Kong Restaurant at (617) 864-5311.

This annual Chinese New Year Celebration is part of the Harvard Square 2012 Winter Carnival, taking place from January 3rd through February 14th.