How Langham Celebrates The Year of the Rat

The Langham brand began in 1865 with our flagship hotel in London and today we are headquartered in another of the great cities of the world—Hong Kong. With our global presence, our brand incorporates cultures from all over the world and this time of year, we are excited to celebrate Chinese New Year! From Boston to Hong Kong, there is a lot going on during the celebration of the Year of the Rat. In Chinese culture, rats are seen as a sign of wealth, and cleverness. The rat is also the first animal on the Chinese zodiac, which is fitting since 2020 is a year of new beginnings. This year’s Chinese New Year celebrations are sure to be bigger and better than ever to kick off a brand-new decade. Here are a few things in store from around the globe and the world of Langham.

If you are looking for an excuse to visit a warmer destination this month, head to The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles for their Chinese New Year celebrations. From January 22-28th, indulge in their Lunar New Year Tea at their Lobby Lounge.  The sumptuous menu features an assortment of sandwiches including: Tea-Smoked Deviled Egg, Sesame Ginger Shrimp, Chinese Crab Salad and Crispy Pork Belly, as well as plenty of scones paired with Devonshire Cream, and of course a lavish dessert selection of Yuzu Meringue Tarts, Matcha Green Tea Donuts, a Lychee Layered Gateau and a Toasted Golden Sesame Seed Mandarin Macaron. Is there a better way to escape the winter chill of New England? 

Perhaps you want to get into the spirit of the Year of the Rat by embracing new beginnings? Learn something new at The Langham, London. The Langham, London has a cooking school called, “Sauce”, and this dream kitchen in the heart of London is exactly where you will want to pick up a new skill or two. Sauce is offering a multitude of classes, all taught by professional chefs, open to both novice and advanced home cooks.

A little closer to home, The Langham, New York is getting into the festivities by offering 20% off their Cupping treatment as well as the Chuan Harmony Massage at their spa, Chuan Body + Soul. Relax, unwind and unplug with the help of the experts at Chuan  Body + Soul in New York City. These offers are available the week of January 25th. 

But finally, if you will be spending Chinese New Year here in Boston, there are plenty of exciting cultural events taking place as well. On February 1st, the Museum of Fine Arts is celebrating with a day packed with fun. All will be admitted free of charge and there will be activities, demonstrations and performances throughout the day showcasing Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions. Then, the next day on February 2nd, Chinatown will be having their famous Chinese New Year parade. It’s worth braving the cold to check out this exciting parade right in our own backyard. Chinatown is only about a 15-minute walk from The Langham, Boston. And afterwards, head into one of the many restaurants in the neighborhood for some delicious bites!