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Chicago's Chinatown to Celebrate "Year of the Rabbit"


Chinese New Year Celebration coming to Chicago's Chinatown Jan. 29

While Chinese New Year already began January 22, ushering in the Year of the Rabbit, the official Lunar New Year parade for Chicago's Chinatown will take place Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023.

The parade begins at 1:00 p.m. at the intersection of 24th Street and Wentworth Avenue and travels north on Wentworth towards the viewing stand at Cermak and Wentworth, according to the Chicago Chinatown Community Organization.

The parade will feature traditional dragon and lion dancing teams, colorful floats, marching bands and marching groups. 

Followers of the Chinese zodiac note we are now completing the end of a three-year “yang” cycle (yang years are more aggressive while yin years are more calm).

The Year of the Rat began in 2020, followed by the Year of the Ox in 2021, and — the most aggressive of all — the Year of the Tiger in 2022.

The rabbit is considered a yin animal, so some believers in Chinese astrology expect circustances to calm down. Rabbit years are supposed to see people happier and more at peace with things as they are, better able to move more toward acceptance in general. The rabbit is known to be quiet, gentle and elegant — also alert and very quick. Skillful, kind, patient and responsible are other traits of the rabbit.

The following year, Chinese New Year will fall on Saturday, February 10, 2024 (Year of the Dragon, 4722), and the Chicago Chinatown parade will be on Sunday, February 18, 2024.

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