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Boston welcomes New Year Lion Dance Festival

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Boston welcomes New Year Lion Dance Festival
Wherever you go in the world, you don't have to look hard to find somewhere to celebrate once Chinese New Year comes around. And that's certainly the case for anyone staying in Boston hostels, since the city is hosting a range of events to ring in the Year of the Tiger.

The occasion itself is one to rival Christmas and if you thought the Scots know how to welcome in the new year, just wait until you experience the lion dances and firecrackers that traditionally form the basis of this annual extravaganza.

Of course, the beauty of it all is that it tends to last for a while, with new year itself falling on February 14th this time around. In Boston, the build-up begins with on February 6th with the Chinatown Main Street Annual Chinese New Year Gala.

Festivities begin at 18:00 local time and include an authentic Chinese dinner. Along with food, there will be a raffle and live auction, while a martial arts performance and a children's Chinese folk dance are the pick of the entertainment.

Then, on February 21st, the city holds its Chinese New Year Lion Dance Festival, with the parade kicking off at 10:00 at the main stage in Phillips Square.

Thomas Menino is mayor of Boston and he certainly seems to be proud of the Chinese heritage in the city. "Chinatown remains the focal point of the Asian community in Boston and for all of New England," he said.

"Every year people come to Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese New Year as well as other cultural festivals … When I go to Chinatown, I see generations eating dim sum together, or shopping for groceries together in the Asian markets."

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