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Traditionally called “Chinese New Year,” we think of today as the Lunar New Year – the first New Moon of the year. 

January 31st begins the Chinese Year of the Horse. In Chinese mythology, people born during the year o the Horse are idealistic, enthusiastic, independent, dynamic, honorable, and impulsive. They sound like great people to me 🙂

 

Looking for a way to celebrate the Chinese New Year? Here are some ways you can bring the holiday home:

  • Visit one of the fantastic Chinese restaurants in Union County. One of our favorites is Mizu Sushi in Cranford.
  • Make some traditional holiday crafts with the kids – try this lantern or this dragon.
  • Learn origami.
  • Go out and stargaze! After all, with a New Moon, there will be no moon to dim the stars.

 

 

Want to go out and celebrate? Here are some events this week:

  • The Brooklyn Children’s Museum at 145 Broadway Avenue in Brooklyn is celebrating the New Year all weekend. Children can learn about the holiday and make crafts. There will be a puppet show and children can write their three wishes for the world on three red pieces of red paper and feed them to a giant Chinese dragon.
  • Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park from 1-4pm tomorrow (Sunday, January 26th) is hosting  a variety of Chinese New Year activities including a lion dance, folk dancing, and holiday crafts.
  • Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Grand and Forsyth Streets in Chinatown is hosting a 600,000 firecracker display from 11am to 4pm on Friday, January 31st. There will be dragon, unicorn, and lion dancers as well as traditional holiday food and performances.
  • The Queens Zoo on 11th Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is hosting a Lunar New Year Celebration on February 1st and 2nd from 11 am to 4pm. There will be an interactive dance workshop and dragon mask and lantern crafts as well as a Dragon Mask Parade.
  • Manahattan Lunar New Year Parade will take place on Sunday, February 2nd at 1pm starting from Mott and Hester Streets in Chinatown and continuing south on Mott to Chatham Square and then east on East Broadway to Forsyth stree. 

 

 

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