Celebrate the year of the goat this Sunday, March 1st at the Chinese New Year Events in Chinatown.
Start out by grabbing some Dim Sum (Chinese version of "small plates," served in the morning, and often through mid-afternoon on weekends - the perfect brunch!). Here are some ideas for great spots in Chinatown, from Boston Discovery Guide:
China Pearl: "Waitresses bustle around with carts of dim sum fresh from the kitchen. If you don't see anything you like on one cart, you're sure to find plenty on the next. Lines get long on the weekends; arrive before 10am for the shortest wait"
Chau Chow City: "Another Boston favorite serving dim sum from steam carts is Chau Chow City.Like China Pearl, Chau Chow City has plenty of large tables - excellent place to come with a group."
Great Taste Bakery and Restaurant: "Here, you order off a menu of sorts - really just a paper list. You check the items that you want. They arrive at the table, piping hot, as soon as the kitchen prepares them."
After a Dim Sum brunch, head out into the streets to enjoy the festivities,starting with the Lion Dance parade. The traditional Lion Dances are believed to drive away evil spirits and bring good luck. The dances will start on Beach Street at the Chinatown Gate and continue on various paths through he neighborhood, going from business to business and street to street. "Offerings", oftentimes oranges and cabbages, are placed on a small chair or table by local bakeries and restaurants outside of their front door.
There will be no shortage of Lion Dances, firecrackers, and drums making this an exciting event not to be missed.
To learn more about the Chinese New Year events, click here