While many people rang in 2017 on January 1st, millions of others around the globe will be celebrating a new year on Saturday January 28th. The Chinese New Year will begin that day and continue until February 21st. While celebrations in China and other parts of Asia last for the duration of the holiday with several jobs closing down and people taking the time to be with family, there is plenty of ways to be part of the world wide celebration right here in New York City!
Dancers, dragons, floats and authentic Chinese cuisine will be filling the streets of Manhattan starting on January 28th. The Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival will kick off the holiday celebration, welcoming all to join! Our Sagamore residents can take a quick subway ride downtown to join in on all the fun. The festivities at Sara D. Roosevelt Park will start with the setting off of firecrackers to ward off bad spirits coming into the New Year. Immediately following will be a festival celebrating Chinese culture with traditional dragon dances, yummy food and several other performances and activities. You can find out more about the event here.
Madison Square Park will be hosting their own celebration on the second day of the New Year, January 29th. Be prepared for some amazing dance performances as well as martial art performances, puppet shows and live music. Local shops will also be un on the celebration offering special deals to celebrate the New Year. You can find out more about this event by visiting their website.
The biggest celebration of them all will take place on February 5th! The 18th annual Lunar New Year Parade will make it’s way through the streets of Chinatown. Confetti will dominate the Lower East Side as families come together to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. You can find out more about the day’s activities and performances by looking at the event’s main website.