February 8, 2018

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Massachusetts Asian Community Celebrates Lunar New Year, the ‘Year of the Dog’ in February 
Asian Music, Dance, Cuisine, Parades and Community Events

Boston – The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) has compiled a schedule of Lunar New Year activities this month to highlight the cultural traditions of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and other Asian-American ethnic communities in the Bay State. Events range from music concerts and dance performances to culinary events and community parades.

Lunar New Year is often referred to as Chinese New Year. The Vietnamese call their celebration Tết, while South Koreans call theirs Wondan.

“The Asian-American community contributes to the rich mosaic of races, nationalities and ethnic groups that make up Massachusetts,” said Assistant Secretary of Business Development & International Trade Nam Pham. “As we express our traditions through music, dance, food and culture, we invite all residents and visitors to participate in these celebrations and learn about the state’s vibrant Asian-American community.”

2018 is designated as the Year of the Dog, the eleventh of twelve Chinese zodiac signs. Historically, the Chinese calendar was based upon the lunar cycle, and New Year signified the beginning of the new planting cycle for agriculture, according to Susan Cho of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA).

With 400,000 Asian-American residents in the Bay State, Massachusetts enjoys strong connections with Asia in trade, commerce and education. There are 33,600 Asian small businesses in Massachusetts, according to the U.S. Census.

According to MOTT, 236,000 Chinese tourists visited the Bay State in 2016, spending $615 million and generating nearly $40 million in state and local taxes.   Boston Logan International Airport has direct flights between Boston and Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Massachusetts attracted 25 million domestic, 700,000 Canadian and 1.8 million overseas visitors in 2016, according to MOTT and the US Department of Commerce.  For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to


2018 Selection of Lunar New Year Celebrations in Massachusetts

February 10
MFA’s Lunar New Year Celebration
Museum of Fine Arts/Boston
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
February 14
Berklee Chinese New Year Concert
Berklee Performance Center/ Boston
8 p.m.
February 10
Tết in Boston Lunar New Year Concert
IBEW Local 103/ Boston
7:30 – 11 p.m.
February 17
PEM’s Lunar New Year Celebration
Peabody Essex Museum/ Salem
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
February 10
Wellesley Chinese New Year Gala
Wellesley High School Auditorium/ Wellesley
5 – 6 p.m.
February 18
Tết in Boston Vietnamese New Year Celebration
Boston College High School/ Boston
10:30 am – 5 p.m.
February 10
VietAID Tết 2018
42 Charles Street/ Dorchester
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
February 22
Chinese New Year Celebration at UMass Boston
University of Massachusetts Boston/ Boston
3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
February 11
Quincy Lunar New Year Festival
North Quincy High School/ Quincy
12 – 5 p.m.
February 22
Lunar New Year Celebration
Northeastern University/ Boston
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Feb 11, 2018
Tết with Springfield Vietnamese Cultural Association
Cedars Hall/ Springfield
1 p.m. – 12 a.m.
February 24
New Year Riddles Luncheon Party
Bamboo Bedford/ Bedford
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
February 13
Andover Chinese New Year Celebration
Town House/ Andover
10 a.m.
February 25
Chinese New Year Parade & CCBA Culture Village
Chinatown/ Boston
Parade: 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Cultural Village: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.