Lunar New Year in NYC: Celebrate The Year of The Sheep!

 

Photo via: Friendly Rentals

Photo via: Friendly Rentals

The Year of the Horse draws to a close, as we usher in another Chinese Lunar New Year this February 19! As the Chinese welcome the Year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat, we break down the three awesome ways to participate in the Chinese New Year celebrations, after the cut:

16th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

Get ready this Sunday, February 22 for the ultimate Lunar New Year celebration! Immerse yourself in a whirlwind of all things Chinese culture, with traditional lion and dragon dances (to shoo away bad vibes!), costumes, multicolored floats and of course, lots of food vendors to spice up your Lunar New Year experience and bring luck in your life! Get details here.

If you’re up for something a little louder, head on down to Sara D. Roosevelt Park this Thursday, February 19 to enjoy the 16th New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival. Why are firecrackers so important to usher in the New Year? We’re scaring away all the bad luck, and inviting only the good our way for the coming year! Get full details here.

Chinese New Year Family Celebration

Lunar New Year is a time for gatherings and bringing family together! Head on down to the China Institute on February 22, and enjoy traditional lion dance and you guessed it, a kung fu performance. China Institute also offers workshops on how to make dumplings and lanterns, so if you’re feeling creative, get your Chinese culture on! More information here.

Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion

This incredible exhibition at the The New-York Historical Society investigates the journey Chinese immigrants into the United States, with a great look into Chinese-American history from all over the country. It’s a pretty special way of participating in the Lunar New Year to celebrate Chinese heritage, with the inevitable question – “What does it mean to be American?”

This exhibition is rich with information, and artifacts, you will be transfixed! Take Joyce Chen, in the above picture. After she left Shanghai in 1949, she opened a Mandarin-style restaurant in 1958. Her growing reputation landed her a nationally televised cooking show, the first TV series with an Asian host! Get your knowledge on, with full details here. 

 

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