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NEW YORK CITY CHINESE NEW YEAR 2013-THE YEAR OF THE SNAKE

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MANHATTAN

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Preparing For The New Year In Chinatown Walking Tour

Lunar New Year is the most important celebration in Chinese culture and Chinatown in NYC commemorates the occasion in a BIG way. This walking tour mounted by the Museum of Chinese in America, teaches about holiday traditions and customs and shows how the neighborhood transforms itself in preparation for the New Year. Adults $15, Seniors & Students $12. Advanced reservations are required.

February 9th/10th, February 16th/17th and February 23rd

Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre St
http://www.mocanyc.org/visit/events/preparing_for_the_new_year_in_chinatown
Tel: 212-619-4785
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Moon Over Manhattan: Celebrate The Lunar New Year Family Day-February 9, 2013

Bring the family to the Asia Society, where you can enjoy a musical workshop that teaches classic Chinese children’s songs by the electronic group The Shanghai Restoration Project and jazz singer Zhang Le. Following that, observe a traditional Lion Dance and Kung Fu demonstration, Chinese shadow puppet theater, arts and crafts and more! 1pm-4pm. Adults $12, $5 students, seniors and children.

Asia Society
725 Park Ave between 70th and 71st St
http://asiasociety.org/new-york/events/moon-over-manhattan-celebrate-lunar-new-year-family-day-0
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Chinese New Year Family Workshops- February 10, 2013

The China Institute will have a *FREE* lion dance and Chinese Kung Fu demonstration in front of the museum between 11am-12pm. Then, following these activities, go indoors for calligraphy/couplet making, dumpling making, and/or paper cutting workshops. Great for kids ages 5-10 years. Prices range from $25-$40

China Institute
125 E. 65th St, between Park and Lexington Ave
http://www.chinainstitute.org/education/for-families/
Tel: 212-744-8181
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14th New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival-February 10, 2013

It is tradition to begin the Lunar New Year by setting off firecrackers at midnight. However, this is NYC…and it’s not legal. So, there is a formal ceremony that is approved for the setting off of rockets and firecrackers along with lion dances, drumming, dancing and a parade through the streets. February 10, 2013 at 11am.

Sara Roosevelt Park runs between Canal and East Houston between Grand and Forsyth St.
http://betterchinatown.com/
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AsianInNY 2013 Lunar New Year Celebration And Fashion Show-February 10, 2013

This is the eighth fashion show celebration that AsianInNY is hosting, and this year is filled with lots of entertainment. MC’d by Phil Nee, “the Godfather of Asian American comedians” the evening will have live bands, DJ Simon ‘Taiga’ Tai and will spotlight Asian fashion designer Joy Hu. $15 online before February 10, 2013 6pm-10pm

New York Law School
185 West Broadway
$15 online before February 10, 2013 6pm-10pm
http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=161308
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14th Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival-February 17, 2013

 This parade is a hoot…filled with traditional Chinese music, costumes, dragon dancers and more. Be prepared for a HUGE crowd…people line up several hours in advance. February 17, 2013 at 1pm. Parade begins at Hester and Mott St, goes across East Broadway and winds up at Forsyth and Broome St
 http://betterchinatown.com/

QUEENS

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Lunar Celebration At The Queens Zoo-February 9 &10, 2013

The Queens Zoo discovery center will hold events around a “Year Of The Snake” theme. Encounter a boa constrictor and black rat snake, hear snake-themed stories and learn fun facts about snakes and other animals on the Asian zodiac. In addition, the first 100 children each day will receive a traditional red envelope surprise. 12pm-4pm. February 9 & 10, 2013

The Queens Zoo
53-51 111th Street
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
http://www.queenszoo.com/plan-your-trip/events-calendar/chinese-new-year.aspx
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Lunar New Year Festival at Flushing Town Hall- February 10, 2013- March 3, 2013

The month of February is filled with an entire schedule of Chinese art, music and dance workshops and performances. Sunday February 10th kicks the celebration off with a sampler of dance performances from China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Egypt, Colombia and America. Starts at 1pm. *FREE* (tickets required). Click the link below for the full schedule.

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, at the corner of Linden Place
Flushing, Queens

http://www.flushingtownhall.org/events/?cat_id=1063
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Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing-February 16, 2013

Flushing has the largest Chinese and East Asian population in NYC and about 4,000 people march in this parade every year. The parade will have traditional dragon dancers, steel drummers and fireworks.

The Parade begins at Union St and 39th Ave and ends at Main St and 39th Ave. 11am-1pm

The parade celebrants usually end the procession at the Queens Crossing Mall where there will be cultural performances and festival booths. Address is: 136-17 39th Ave
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