Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration & Lion Parade

Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Celebration & Lion Parade 2015 | GUND KWOK
When Lions meet, they say, “Hi!”

What a great day of lion dancing! We’d like to thank all our volunteers and friends for making the day a success!

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Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year from GUND KWOK!

 

We’d like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year!

And if you’d like to celebrate the Year of the Goat with us, there are a few opportunities to do so!

MFA Boston Lunar New Year Celebration on Sat, Feb 21 from noon-2:30PM

Peabody Essex Museum Lunar New Year Celebration on Sat, Feb 28 from 11AM-1PM

Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Lion Dance Parade on Sun, Mar 1 from 10AM-5PM
Note that we are still in need of volunteers! Please sign-up and be a part of this Lunar New Year tradition! More information can be found here. To sign up, fill out the form below:

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Call for 2015 Chinatown Lunar New Year GK Volunteers! We need YOU!

Become a GK Volunteer!

Help ring in the upcoming Lunar New Year (Year of the Goat) with the Gund Kwok Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe, as they parade through the streets of Chinatown and lion dance for the stores and restaurants, as well as perform on the main stage on Sunday, March 1st. Gund Kwok is one of 8-10 troupes performing that day. You also get to experience an unforgettable day of Chinese New Year sights, sounds, and smells!

Gund Kwok, the only Asian Women Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe in the United States, was established in February 1998 to give Asian women an opportunity to express their creativity, power and strength through performing the lion and dragon dances.

Get a glimpse of the experience from last year – look at GK pictures from Lunar New Year 2014: Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year 2014

As a volunteer ….

Roles

You will be assigned to be a flag carrier, crowd control person, runner, cart lugger, photographer, videographer, or helping with miscellaneous tasks.

Attire

  • You will get to borrow and wear a Gund Kwok hooded sweatshirt to identify that you are with the Troupe.
  • Please dress in layers and wear hats, scarves and gloves/mittens. Please wear black pants and comfortable, appropriate footwear. Ear plugs, hand and toe warmer packets are provided if needed. Please do not carry any backpacks or other bags on you – personal belongings may be kept at the GK “Den” (someone is stationed during the entire day to track the comings and goings of all volunteers and troupe members, and to keep an eye on your belongings).

Food

Breakfast and lunch are provided. ALL volunteers are invited to stay for a free dinner that evening to thank you for your time and commitment (Restaurant: Hei La Moon, in Chinatown)

Information/Contact Info

Days prior to the Festival, you will receive documents and information for the day of the Festival, including FAQ’s and Volunteer Role Descriptions, and information for the Gund Kwok Volunteer Liaison (your main volunteer contact on that day).

Transportation

  • Take public transportation. Street parking is virtually non-existent on the day of the event.
  • MBTA: Green Line – Boylston Street T stop; Orange Line – Chinatown or New England Medical Center T stops, Red Line – Downtown Crossing or Park Street T stops.

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Quincy August Moon Festival on Sunday, Aug 17th!

Quincy August Moon Festival

The GK Dragon team will be performing this Sunday in Quincy!

The August Moon Festival will be Sunday August 17th, 2014 11AM-5PM on Hancock St by Quincy Center. The event will be co-chaired by Pat Small, Kim Chan, and Frank Poon. The festival is a community event filled with vendors, food trucks, games, and activities for children. There will be performances held throughout the day, featuring a Lion Dance at our opening ceremony at 11AM. The event is great for families and to get to know the Quincy Community.

For more info, please visit Quincy Asian Resources.

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Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival on Sunday Aug 10th!

Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival, Gund Kwok
The Boston Chinatown August Moon Festival will be taking place on Sunday, Aug 10th!

GK lion and dragon stage performances will be at approximately 1PM. Hope to see you all there!

Location: Harrison & Beach Street, Chinatown, Boston, MA
Date: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm
In/Outdoor: Outdoor
Cost: Free

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Boston Chinatown Main Streets Summer Festival Photos!

Check out some of the photos from the day — great job by our GK Cubs with the lion dance stage performance and to GK members keeping down our fort on Harrison Ave!

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GK Performance on Sat, JUN 7th 4PM @ Boston Medical Center

ExprASIANS - fundraiser sponsored by Boston Medical Center in support of Asian Women for Health

We’re opening the ceremony for ExprAsians to support Asian women health!

To purchase tickets or learn more, visit the ExprAsians website.

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Boston Shines Neighborhood Cleanup: Chinatown, Saturday May 10th

Boston Shines Neighborhood Cleanup: Chinatown Saturday, May 10th

The GK Team will be out in full force Saturday morning, May 10th in Boston Chinatown for the annual neighborhood cleanup called Boston Shines.

Spring is coming and it’s once again time for Boston Shines! This annual, city-wide clean-up has become a staple in the City of Boston, and we look forward to continuing this wonderful tradition with the new Administration. It will take place over three weekends this Spring, divided regionally to allow for the best use of resources.

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New Event! GK Lion Dance in Back Bay on Saturday, May 10th at 2PM!

New Event! GUND KWOK Lion Dance in Back Bay on Saturday, May 10th at 2PM!

What is the lion doing at the Boston Women Memorial at Back Bay? Why is the lion there? If you wonder why, come find out with us this Saturday, May 10th at 2pm, at the Boston Women Memorial at Back Bay.

Let’s go see what is the lion up to!

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An Invitation to Lion Dance with GK!

On Saturday, May 10th there is a surprise event at Women’s Memorial Back Bay (Commonwealth Ave Mall — between Fairfield St & Gloucester St), Boston, MA 02116) to honor women making history, and we are inviting you to join us.

Tell your friends, family, and spread the words. Come join us and bring a friend!

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GK Cubs at BCNC’s Chinese New Year Banquet on Fri, Mar 7th!

BCNC's Chinese New Year Banquet

This Friday on March 7, 2014, the GK Cubs will be taking the stage to celebrate the New Year with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center at the Empire Garden Restaurant in Chinatown.

BCNC's Chinese New Year Banquet
GK Cubs at BCNC, 2012

Go GK Cubs!

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GK Featured in the Sampan Newspaper

Image courtesy of Mary “Molly” Finn
Image courtesy of Mary “Molly” Finn

In last week’s issue of the Sampan Newspaper, the GK Dragonettes were featured in an article re-capping the Boston Chinatown Lunar New Year Festival. Beautiful photo!

Chinatown rings in Lunar New Year
By Mary “Molly” Finn

On a bright and crisp morning, the greater Chinatown community gathered in Philips Square to begin the Year of the Horse with good fortune and luck on Feb. 9. Several local leaders and community sponsors greeted the crowd in Chinese and English for a productive new year and appreciation for the traditional performances.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh pledged to work with his council to make sure long-term residents can stay in Chinatown.

Boston District 2 city councilor Bill Linehan thanked Chinatown families, residents of District 2, for their support. Linehan said the Year of the Horse is symbolic for him because he has been called a “cowboy.” Linehan hoped the next year embodied the strong and energetic qualities of a horse, full of prosperity.

Michelle Wu, the first Asian female Boston city councilor-at-large wished the crowd a happy new year. Malden Mayor Gary Christenson, captured the crowd’s attention as he read his speech, composed entirely in Mandarin. And Lisa Wong, mayor of Fitchburg, reminded people that the most important thing is family. She asked for help wishing her grandmother, a late Chinatown resident, “Gong hei fat choi!” or good luck and prosperity.

The dances were full of color and energy as the lions jumped around the stage. Ultimately a lion tossed an orange, a symbol of prosperity, to a lucky young member in the crowd. Of the six acts, one featured Gund Kwok, the first all-women’s lion dance club, taking the stage with two bright yellow lions and their tamer. Recently recognized on NPR, Gund Kwok has expanded the Chinese tradition of martial arts here in Boston from a historically male-dominated sport.

Phuni Meston held her younger daughter and swayed to the beat of the drum to keep warm as the lion dancers performed. This is her younger daughter’s second Chinese New Year celebration. Her husband, Eddy, studied kung fu for more than two decades at the White Crane School, formally known as Woo Ching’s Bak Hok Pai, which performed at the event.

Meston said it was “so important to expose my daughters to kung fu to find balance in life and maintain a cultural connection” to their heritage. Having grown up in Taiwan, she saw much political strife; meanwhile, cultural traditions, dance and celebrations sustained the people throughout the years.

The cultural performances celebrated Chinese New Year, which officially began Jan. 31.

Visit Sampan.org for the original article.

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GK Dragon Dance at QARI Lunar New Year Festival

GK Dragonettes take the stage!

What a great crowd and a great time at North Quincy High School this past Sunday for the Quincy Lunar New Year Festival. Luckily, it didn’t snow that much the night before so the show was able to go on as planned.

It was a lot of fun. The GK lions along with the lions from Wah Lum Kung Fu Academy paraded down to the stage with the GK Dragon following.

Thank you QARI for having us!

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Quincy Lunar New Year Festival on Sunday, Feb 16th!

The Lunar New Year celebrations aren’t over yet!

GK will be performing a dragon dance next Sunday in Quincy at North Quincy High School for the city’s Lunar New Year Festival 🙂 We’re on at 10AM!

For event info, visit QARI.

Quincy’s Lunar New Year Festival will be on Sunday, February 16th from 10:30am to 4:00pm at North Quincy High School at 316 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171.
Quincy’s Lunar New Year Festival will be on Sunday, February 16th from 10:30am to 4:00pm at North Quincy High School at 316 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171.
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