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NYC Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration-The Year of The Horse 2014
 Growing up, several of the neighborhood families always got together to celebrate the Chinese New Year at a restaurant with a big feast. Below, find 20 events that you can attend…from expensive black-tie celebrations to neighborhood parades in EVERY BOROUGH OF NYC!

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MANHATTAN

Preparing For The New Year In Chinatown, NYC Walking Tour 2014

The Lunar New Year Chinese celebration is the most significant in the Chinese culture and Chinatown in NYC is the place to be, as the neighborhood commemorates the occasion in a BIG way! Join the Museum of Chinese in America as they mount a weekly walking tour that teaches about holiday traditions and customs and flaunts how the area transforms itself for this New Year of the Horse.

Saturdays and Sundays from Jan 25, 2014 to Feb 9, 2014. Advanced reservations are required. Tickets are $12-$15 Click link for details and to purchase tickets http://www.mocanyc.org/visit/events/preparing_for_the_new_year_in_chinatown_0

Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre St

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15th New Year Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival in Chinatown, NYC

It is tradition to begin the Lunar New Year by setting off firecrackers at midnight. And, since Chinatown in NYC inhabits approximately 100,000 people and is one of the largest enclaves outside of Asia, you know they are pretty serious about traditions! However, it is illegal to light firecrackers in NYC! 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. *FREE*

January 31, 2014 at 11am.

Sara Roosevelt Park runs between Canal and East Houston between Grand and Forsyth St.
http://betterchinatown.com/

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Moon Over Manhattan: Celebrate The Chinese Lunar New Year Family Day at Asia Society, NYC

Bring the family to the Asia Society, where you can enjoy a musical workshop that celebrates Asian folk and children’s music called, Rabbit Days and Dumplings. Get a sampling of “Japanese sea shanties to Tibetan jump rope rhymes, joyous Korean harvest sing-a-longs, and Taiwanese train songs”.  Following that, observe a traditional Lion Dance and Kung Fu demonstration, calligraphy workshop, build a Tibetan Butter Sculpture, face painting and more! Tickets are $5-$12

February 1, 2014. 1:00pm-4pm 

Asia Society
725 Park Ave between 70th and 71st St
http://asiasociety.org/new-york/events/family-day-moon-over-manhattan-celebrate-lunar-new-year-0

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THE YEAR OF THE HORSE: A Celebration of the Chinese New Year with the NY Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic is hosting a black-tie (or traditional Chinese attire) gala in celebration of the Chinese New Year on February 1, 2014 at Avery Fisher Hall. Featuring an all-Chinese orchestra, the program includes nine pieces ranging from DVOŘÁK Romance for Violin and Orchestra to Mao Yuan New Year’s Greeting, Tan Dun The Triple Resurrection Music from Hero; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; and The Banquet and RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. A reception proceeds the concert and dinner follows on the Grand Promenade. Tickets are $1,500-$5,000.

February 1, 2014. Festivities begin at 6pm

Avery Fisher Hall
Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th St
http://nyphil.org/support/attend-our-events/chinesenewyear

 korea societyFamily Day: Korean New Year Celebration in NYC

It’s not only the Chinese New Year, but also the Korean New Year, called Sŏllal! On February 1, 2014 families can listen to traditional folk tales, play games such as yutnori and tuhonori, craft masks, sample delicious ethnic Korean treats and much more at the Korea Society. Admission is $30 per family or $15 per person. 

February 1, 2014. Two sessions will be available: 1pm and 3pm.

The Korea Society
950 Third Ave at 57th St, 8th Floor
http://www.koreasociety.org/korean-studies/outreach-programs/family_day_korean_new_year_2014.html

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Chinese New Year Family Workshops and Parade and the China Institute NYC

Once again, 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 a (ticketed) gallery tour and reception, calligraphy workshops dumpling making, and paper cutting workshops. Great for families.  

February 2, 2014. 11am-3pm

China Institute
125 E. 65th St, between Park and Lexington Ave
http://www.chinainstitute.org/education/for-families/

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And, speaking of the China Institute, their annual Chinese New Year event will take place on Friday, February 7, 2014 at Cipriani 42nd St. This festive celebratory banquet dinner and awards show is fun for the entire family! There will be a traditional lion dance, Shaolin monk performance, a silent auction and red envelopes supporting the Institute’s educational programs for the children in attendance. Tickets are $600-$25,000.  6:30pm-11:30pm

Cipriani Wall Street
110 E. 42nd St, across from Grand Central Terminal, between Park and Lexington Ave
http://www.chinainstitute.org/support-us/special-events/chinese-new-year-party/

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15th Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in NYC

 This parade is a scream! An explosion of colorful costumes, traditional Chinese music, dragon dancers and more for all the senses to enjoy (people walk around giving out streamers so you can be part of the festivities and the local shops selling Asian delicacies are open for you peruse). Word of advice, DRESS WARMLY and be prepared for a HUGE crowd…people line up several hours in advance.

Parade begins at Hester and Mott St, goes across East Broadway and winds up at Forsyth and Broome St.

February 2, 2014. Parade begins at 1pm.
 http://betterchinatown.com/

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Chinese Lunar New Year Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Celebrate the New Year with traditions from across all of Asia at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they will have a very full afternoon of over 26 art related activities and loads of entertainment. Catch a performance by Sesame Street Puppeteers, opening festivities by the Long Island Lion Troupe, music by the China Youth Orchestra, traditional Tibetan Dance, Ink Painting and Calligraphy demonstrations, just to name a few! And while there, be sure to try your hand at crown making, gallery hunts for the whole family, paper folding, artists talks and much, much more!

February 8, 2014. 12pm-5:30pm *Suggested Donation*

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1001 Fifth Ave at 82nd St
http://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/family-programs/festivals/lunar-new-year

BROOKLYN

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A Lunar New Year Celebration  Featuring the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company at Brooklyn College

Recipient of China’s prestigious Golden Lotus Award, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will celebrate the Year of the Horse with traditional Chinese dance integrated with a contemporary American modern twist. This performance is sure to

January 26, 2014 at 3pm. Tickets are $30.

Brooklyn Center For the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College
Campus Road and Hillel Place
http://www.brooklyncenter.org/

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Family Chinese Lunar New Year Celebrations at Brooklyn Children’s Museum in NYC

This coming weekend, January 25-26, 2014 kids ages 5 and older can listen to Chinese folktales starting at 11am. And at 1pm on Saturday the 25th, a full-blown festival with Puppetry in Practice will take place! Start off your celebration with a presentation of The Empty Pot, a traditional folktale. Then participate in the Dragon Walk workshop, where a large dragon puppet operated by 14 children will parade around the Museum. Be sure to write your wishes and dreams on the red paper squares provided because at the end of the festival you will feed them to the dragon to ensure a wonderful year! Admission is $9.

January 25-26, 2014

Brooklyn Children’s Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue between St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place
http://www.brooklynkids.org/index.php/visit/calendarofevents

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Brooklyn, NYC Chinese Lunar New Year Parade

Although not publicized on the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association website, we understand that there will be a parade in Sunset Park that starts at 8th Avenue and 50th St and makes its way up to 60th St. Starting at 10am, there will be cultural performances for the entire family, appearances by community leaders and of course, firecrackers. And, then, at noon the parade will step off and make it’s way through the streets of Sunset Park, ending at 1pm.

February 2, 2014. 10am-1pm.

8th Avenue and 50th St
Sunset Park

QUEENS

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Chinese Lunar New Year Family Celebration: The Year of Horse at Queens Museum 

For the first time, the New York Chinese Cultural Center is bringing their celebratory New Year’s program to the newly renovated Queens Museum. Enjoy costumed folk dances, a traditional Lion Dance, arts and crafts including paper cutting and calligraphy.

January 26, 2014. 1pm-4pm. *Suggested Donation*

Queens Museum
New York Avenue, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
http://www.queensmuseum.org/events/lunar-new-year-family-celebration-the-year-of-horse/

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Chinese Lunar Celebration At The Queens Zoo

In celebration of the Year of the Horse, the Queens Zoo discovery center will have two days of *FREE* (with $5-$8 admission to the zoo) activities for the entire family. Encounter horses, hear horse-themed stories at Story Time at the Wild Room, participate in the Dragon Parade (after making your masks and lanterns), go on a scavenger hunt and learn cultural dances presented by the Chinese Theater Works. 

11am-4pm. February 1 &2, 2014

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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Chinese Lunar New Year Festival at Flushing Town Hall NYC

From January 31, 2014 throughout the month of February 2014, Flushing Town Hall is presenting an entire schedule celebrating the Lunar New Year filled with Chinese art, music, dance workshops, family events and performances. You can learn to do calligraphy on silk, watch the annual dance sampler, hear the Youngjoo Song quartet and much more. Most events are *FREE* although there are a handful that will require purchased tickets. Click the link for the full schedule http://www.flushingtownhall.org/events/index.php?cat_id=1063&month_id=1

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

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Chinese Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing NYC

Be prepared to get to the Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing early, because each year it has one of the largest turnouts in NYC! An estimated 4,000 people march in this parade, which comes as no surprise as Queens has the largest Chinese and East Asian population in our region. As always, the parade will have traditional dragon dancers, colorful costumed marchers, steel drummers and fireworks. 

The Parade begins at Union St and 37th Ave and ends at Main St and 39th Ave. 

Start time is 10am. February 8, 2014

http://queens.about.com/od/flushing/p/Chinese-New-Year.htm

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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Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration at the Queens Botanical Garden

Once the Flushing Lunar New Year Parade ends, make your way to the Queens Botanical Garden where the festivities continue. You can see demonstrations of a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, make your own herbal tea bags, the kids can create horse related crafts and you can hear a musical performance by the New York Chinese Chorus. Although all the performances are *FREE*, there is a supply fee for selected craft activities.

February 8, 2014. 1pm-4pm.

Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St
Flushing
http://www.queensbotanical.org/programs/events

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Chinese Lunar New Year Festival at the Flushing, NYC Library

Throughout February at the Flushing Library, you can enjoy a number of activities all in celebration of the Year of the Horse. Here are some highlights:

February 1, 2014:  Korean and Chinese Food Preparation Workshops, Spirit of Korea: Dance and Music; Peking Opera with the Chinese Theatre Works
February 2, 2014: Lunar New Year Calligraphy Demonstration
February 7, 2014: Lunar New Year Crafts for kids
February 16, 2014: Chinese Lantern Festival

Click link for full schedule http://www.queenslibrary.org/branch/flushing/?filters=ev_loc:91400000%20ev_dt:02-01-14–02-28-14

Queens Library
41-17 Main Street
Flushing

BRONX

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Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration The Year of the Horse at the Bronx Museum of the Arts

The New York Chinese Cultural Center has produced Lunar New Year Festivals for 27 years to sold-out audiences throughout the city, and this year for the first time, they are bringing the festivities to the Bronx!

Creating the same program that they will perform at the Queens Museum the same weekend, you will enjoy costumed folk dances, a traditional Lion Dance, arts and crafts including paper cutting and calligraphy. *FREE*

January 25, 2014  2pm-4pm

Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
http://www.bronxmuseum.org/events/lunar-new-year-celebration-the-year-of-the-horse

STATEN ISLAND

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Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration at Snug Harbor Cultural Center

The New York Chinese Cultural Center is bringing its show to Staten Island after stints at the Queens Museum and Bronx Museum of Arts (see above). In addition to the traditional folk dancing Lion Dances and arts and crafts-admission $10- you can explore the Chinese Scholar’s Garden all day for *FREE*.

February 9, 2014. 2pm-3:30pm. $10 admission for the New York Chinese Cultural Center performance and *FREE* to enjoy the Chinese Scholar’s Garden.

February 9, 2014. 2pm-3:30pm

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace
http://www.snug-harbor.org/ai1ec_event/lunar-new-year/?instance_id=

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