Boston’s Chinatown is home to the third largest Chinese community in the U.S. The lion dances are a way to bring the community together in a ceremony that brings prosperity for business owners in the coming new year.
The lion dancers go into each business. My kids said that patrons gave the lion dancers red envelopes of money.
Boston’s Chinatown is crowded the entire month of Lunar New Year. It’s hard to find parking but it’s fun to see the lion dancers!
Lion Dance: Lion Dancer, Ernie Wan’s Chinese New Year by Madeline Slovenz Low and Kate Waters, photographs by Martha Cooper
Six-year-old Ernie Wan has practiced all year at his father’s kung fu studio to be a lion dancer at the Chinese New Year parade. The lion dance will bring good luck in the new year by scaring away evil spirits. The photographs depict his family as they get ready for Ernie’s big event. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
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