2019 is officially the Year of the Pig, and to honor the tradition, the City of Brotherly Love has some amazing Chinese New Year events and celebrations. The Chinese symbol of the pig symbolizes luck, overall good fortune, wealth, honesty and general prosperity- all of these events highlight the promising future this year holds. Here is where to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Philadelphia.
Where to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Philadelphia
Chinese New Year Dim Sum Brunch
What better way to celebrate the Year of the Pig than by indulging in a delicious Dim Sum brunch. Delicious menu items representing togetherness, long life and wealth include longevity noodles, whole roasted branzino, eight treasure rice and more. There is also a whole suckling pig feast served with egg fried rice, longevity noodles, steamed bao buns and mu shu pancakes that serves 4-6 people available for $250 (via pre-order only by Feb.6). This joyous celebration will also feature the traditional Chinese Lion Dance of Good Luck & Good Fortune by The University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Lions Premier Dance Troupe.
Feb. 10, 10:30 am-2 pm, Buddakan, 325 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, buddakan.com
Chinese Galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art opened their newly re-vamped Chinese gallery on Feb. 3 and all Philadelphians are invited to explore its magic. The gallery follows four thousand years of the arts of China in the museum’s newly reimagined and reinstalled exhibit space. Interesting works of art in the gallery include paintings, sculptures, porcelains, ceramics, costumes and textiles. Many of the works are newly conserved. A great way to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Philadelphia.
Now open, various times, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, philamuseum.org
Buddakan AC Chinese New Year Celebration
Buddakan in Atlantic City is taking the Year of the Pig up a notch. On Feb. 9 the hotspot eatery will display traditional Chinese lanterns throughout the enchanted Asian garden in the restaurant to make the dining experience even more special. Buddakan will also be serving up longevity noodles to ensure a prosperous and delicious year, and guests can also bring home a Chinese good luck red envelope (which is a time-honored tradition used to give good luck to the receiver); each envelope has a special surprise inside.
Feb. 19, reservations available, Buddkan AC, 1 Atlantic Ocean, Atlantic City, NJ, buddakanac.com
Lunar New Year 2019 Celebration
The International House of Philadelphia is hosting their Lunar New Year celebration in honor of the Year of the Pig. This annual showcase will feature traditional Chinese music, dance, martial arts, and film along with a reception that includes cultural activities and a sampling of authentic Chinese cuisine by Sang Kee Noodle House. An amazing way to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Philadelphia.
Feb. 7, 7 pm-9 pm, International House of Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, $10-$20, ihousephilly.org
SuGa’s Chinese New Year Dinner
SuGa is celebrating the Year of the Pig with a delicious menu that also features Cinco Jotas-the most expensive ham in the world. The menu will be served from Feb. 5 until March 2 and includes delicious mouthwatering options such as glazed pork belly, Maryland crab spring rolls, pinecone whole branzino, black pepper beef tenderloin, coconut tapioca and much more.
Feb. 5- March 2, reservations available, SuGa, 1720 Sansom St., Philadelphia, sugabyfoo.com