Chinese New Year is just around the corner!

Three women toasting with glasses of wine in restaurant
By Eliot on 4thJanuary 25, 2019

Get ready for a new, New Year’s celebration in apartments in Southwest DC.

The Chinese New Year, or the Lunar New Year, is coming up on February 5! It is a celebration of the beginning of a new calendar based upon the moon, as opposed to the Gregorian calendar, which uses earth’s trip around the sun as a basis. If you don’t know much about this holiday, think about trips to just about any Chinese restaurant and the placemats full of animals. Each of the twelve animals represents a year in the 12-year cycle. This coming year will be the year of the pig!

How do you celebrate this festive occasion? It’s easy when you live in DC, especially if you’re lucky enough to live at Eliot on 4th. There’s so much around to experience and enjoy, you can do any number of things to mark the day; here are a few suggestions. Consider dressing in red. Red is an especially auspicious color for the occasion. Next, eat dumplings and oranges, and enjoy some wine. These foods and drink are traditional and delicious, so it shouldn’t be much of an imposition. If you need to clean house, either do it before the day or wait a couple days, after all, you don’t want to sweep out all of the good fortune of the New Year.

The best way to celebrate, though, is to attend an event where you can learn, experience new things and have fun. Here are a few festive options not too far away.


Ice Cream Jubilee

Various times available January 26 – February 5 | $16 Tickets

Just down the way at The Yards, Ice Cream Jubilee is celebrating the lunar new year with a festival of flavors inspired by the occasion. Special tasting flights (six 2-ounce scoops) include flavors such as Boricha Roasted Barley Tea, Citrus Sichuan Peppercorn, Red Bean Almond Cookie, and Thai Iced Tea. If you’re interested in titillating your taste buds (and taking home a pint included with entry into the event), you’ll need a ticket to reserve your spot, which you can find here.


Lunar New Year: Guangdong National Orchestra Ensemble 

February 7 at 6 p.m. | Free admission

Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center is hosting The Guangdong National Orchestra Ensemble’s performance of Chinese folk music. They will play a myriad of rare instruments including the pipa, an erhu and a daruan, in honor of the Lunar New Year. So, if you want to celebrate the New Year with your ears, this is the perfect opportunity.

DC Chinese New Year Parade

February 10 at 2 p.m. | Free admission
Dance in the streets of DC with dragons and lions! Swing by Gallery Place to join in the festivities of the annual Chinese New Year parade. There will be a host of cultural highlights and awesome things to see including floats, kung fu demonstrations, and so much more. Expect to see a lot of red (in a good way) and hear firecrackers throughout the day.

If you want to make in the year of the pig a lucky year for you, consider an Eliot on 4th apartment in Southwest DC. It would definitely be an auspicious sign for things to come.