Year of the Dog: Time to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Chinatown

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Chinatown is about to come alive with the sights and sounds of Lunar New Year 2018. The Year of the Dog begins on Friday, Feb. 16. Here are a few events to look for in the coming days.

On Friday morning from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., it’s the 19th annual Firecracker & Cultural Festival in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The show takes place in the athletic courts at Grand Street, between Forsyth and Chrystie streets.

This year’s Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown happens on Sunday, Feb. 25. The launch point is Mott Street at Canal Street. The floats will go down East Broadway, winding up at Eldridge and Forsyth streets. Both of these events are sponsored, as usual, by Better Chinatown USA.

One day earlier, on Feb. 24, you might want to take a walk through Chinatown, maybe on your way to get some dim sum. Starting at around 11 a.m., there will be lion dance performances sponsored by many different neighborhood groups.

On Saturday, Feb. 17, the Museum of Chinese in America will be hosting its Lunar New Year Family Festival. Take a look at the lineup here.

Lunar New Year Parade Takes Place in Chinatown Feb. 5

Lunar New Year Parade 2015 in Manhattan's Chinatown. Photo by Tim Schreier.

Lunar New Year Parade 2015 in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Photo by Tim Schreier.

Before you know it, the streets of Chinatown will be coming alive with the sights and sounds of the Lunar New Year. Here are some events to add to your calendar.

On Sunday, Feb. 5, the Better Chinatown Society will be celebrating the Year of the Rooster with its 18th annual Lunar New Year Parade. The parade launches at 1 p.m. from Mott Street (near Hester Street) and snakes through the neighborhood before ending up at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. You can stay up to date on parade details here.

On Saturday, Jan. 28 the Better Chinatown Society will be putting on its Firecracker Ceremony in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. They’ll start setting off the fire crackers at noon. the ceremony takes place in the playing courts at Grand Street. If you can find a spot, elbow yourself in among the crowds lined up on Forsyth or Chrystie streets for the best view.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, Museum of Chinese in America is hosting its Lunar New Year Family Festival. There will be a lion dance, of course, arts & crafts, storytelling and food. The event goes from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and costs $12. More info on MOCA’s website.

Chinatown Preps For Lunar New Year Celebration (and School Holiday) Feb. 8

Lunar New Year Parade 2015 in Manhattan's Chinatown. Photo by Tim Schreier.

Lunar New Year Parade 2015 in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Photo by Tim Schreier.

Are you ready for the Year of the Monkey? In Chinatown, excitement is building for Lunar New Year celebrations, which kick off Feb. 8.

For the first time this year, the Chinese New Year is an official holiday in the New York City public schools. Mayor de Blasio finally agreed to establish the holiday this past summer after years of advocacy. You can read more about that in a story posted today on the website of NBC News.

The 17th annual Lunar New Year Parade takes place Sunday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. The parade starts at Mott Street and Canal streets, before heading to Chatham Square. It then heads down East Broadway before winding up at Eldridge and Forsyth streets in Sara D. Roosevelt Park.  On Feb. 8 at 11 a.m., it’s the Lunar New Year Firecracker Festival. You can find more information about both events here.

 

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Chinatown YMCA Celebrates Lunar New Year

Photo by: Chinatown YMCA.

Our friends at the Chinatown YMCA sent in a photo from their Chinese New Year celebration, held last weekend. They write: “Volunteers from the Asian Language Exchange and Social Network offered Cantonese and Mandarin lessons and visitors and Y staff were mesmerized by traditional Chinese singing and dancing performed by the Manhattan Amateur Arts and Columbus Music Association. Of special note was a reading and book signing by Kam Mak, author of  ‘My Chinatown: One Year in Poems,’ and designer of the United States Postal Service’s 2012 Lunar New Year stamp. The highlight for many of our members – young and old – was a performance of a traditional Lion Dance by the United East Athletics Association.”