The new year is here and commonly known among Chinese culture as the Year of the Pig! Kick off 2019 with the Chicago Lunar New Year Parade. Taking place on Feb 10, this is an event you don’t want to miss. With over 30,000 people in attendance each year, be one of the many that witness the colorful floats, lion dancing, traditional food and more. Details about the parade and the history of Lunar New Year are below.
All About the Parade
Lions, dragons and pigs, oh my! Don’t miss out on this year’s 2019 Lunar New Year Parade. It will be held on Sunday, Feb 10, starting at 1:00 p.m. The procession will start on 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue, and then head north up Wentworth to Cermak Road. Every year, Chinatown in Chicago hosts a massive parade celebrating the Lunar New Year. The parade showcases traditional dragons, lion dances and lots of floats dedicated to the animal of the year. This is a perfect event for kids, significant others, or just a fun afternoon to enjoy alone!
The Chinese Zodiac
According to the Chinese Calendar, each year celebrates a new animal. And this year, the animal is the pig. The animal changes annually through the rotating cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. There are 12 animals in total. According to Asian astrology, your year of birth and the animal it represents determines a lot about your personal traits and the life you lead. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth. Anyone born in this Year of the Pig, or previous ones, are considered to be blessed with good fortune in life. Every year, the Chinese New Year is dictated by the lunar cycle, falling anytime between Jan 21 and Feb 20. This year, the lunar new year takes place on Feb 5!
Chinese New Year Mythology
Chinese New Year is a very historic holiday with many tales and legends. According to legend, the Chinese New Year started with a mythical beast called the Nian. Nian would terrorize villagers and their children. One year all of the villagers decided they were going to hide from the beast. However, one old man chose to get revenge on the beast instead. The man put red papers up everywhere and set off firecrackers. The next day, the villagers returned to find nothing was destroyed! They then understood that Nian was afraid of the color red and loud noises. From then on, the villagers would wear red clothes, hang red lanterns and use firecrackers to frighten the beast. And now, parades like Chicago’s commemorate the legend with similar colors, décor and entertainment.
Stay at Chicago’s Majestic Hotel
With all of the excitement, don’t wait too long to reserve your stay at a nearby hotel. And if you’re looking for a hotel near the Chicago Lunar New Year Parade, search no further than the Majestic Hotel. Its comfortable charm and delightful atmosphere will make you feel right at home.
Mark your calendars for the Chicago Lunar New Year Parade and book your stay at the Majestic Hotel today to make sure you don’t miss the celebration!
Chicago’s 2019 Lunar New Year Parade
Where: 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue | up to Cermak Road
When: Feb 10 | 1:00 p.m.
WHERE TO STAY
This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499