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Celebrate Lunar New Year on Long Island

Chinese New Year is on January 22nd, 2023!
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with great food options and in-person and virtual events. 

How The Year of The Rabbit Will Affect Your Zodiac Sign


* events with 🔺 indicate events in Suffolk & Nassau Counties

1/7 - Huntington Library- Huntington- It's Chinese New Year, Curious George Book Release Party 🔺

1/7 - Lincoln Center- Manhattan- Echoes of Ancient Tang Poems with The Philadelphia Orchestra 

1/7, 1/14, 1/21- Queens Botanical Garden- Queens- Year of the Rabbit Community Art & Guided Winter Walk 

1/21- 2/26 - Flushing Town Hall - Queens - Lunar New Year 2023 Photo Exhibition | This is Home 

1/8- China Institute - Manhattan- Chinese New Year Festival - cultural performances brought to the China Institute from the beautiful city of Suzhou, by renowned artists and performers! This year, the party will open with  the crowd-favorite lion dance, followed by New Year-themed workshops and activities tailored for all age groups

1/8- China Institute - Manhattan- Chinese New Year Special -Kun Opera Comes to Life in New York City 

1/13 - China Institute- Manhattan- An Evening of Classical Instrumental Music- Year of the Rabbit Celebration

1/14- MOCA - Manhattan- MOCACREATE- Lunar New Year Museum Makeover

1/14- MOCA- Manhattan- MOCAKIds Lunar New Year Meet & Greet with Author Katrina Moore & Illustrator Xindi Yan

1/15- Vanderbilt Museum - Centerport - Lunar New Year Celebration - visit the wildlife dioramas, learn Chinese Calligraphy and make a decoration that bring good luck all year. 🔺

1/15 - Jericho Public Library - Jericho - Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit - This performance by the New York Chinese Cultural Center presents the beauty of Chinese dance, costumes, authentic music, and interactive segments. 🔺

1/21 - Heckscher Museum - Huntington - Winterfest Lunar New Year - Celebrate and learn about Lunar New Year with a focus on Chinese culture at this free family event for all ages! Get creative and enjoy a variety of hands-on activities, artist and dance performances, and more! 🔺

1/21 - Culture Lab LIC at the Plaxhall Gallery - Celebrate Lunar New Year with traditional Chinese music, snacks and games! A free concert at 9pm sends you  into the new year dancing!

1/21 - Flushing Town Hall - Queens - "Thump Thump" Rabbit Coloring Workshop 

1/21 - Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce- Queens- Lunar New Year Parade 

1/21-  The MET - Manhattan- Lunar New Year Festival - performances, interactive activities, and artist-led workshops for all ages. 

1/21- MOCA- Manhattan- Lunar New Year Family Festival  - Lion Dance, Noodle Pulling Demo, Dragon's Beard Candy Making Demo,  Meet & Greet with Author Michele Wong McSween, Legends of Storytime with Ya Ya Preschool, Ribbon Dance Workshop, Sound of the New year, Drop- in Arts & Crafts and more!

1/21 - Lewis Latimer House - Queens - Lunar New Year: Paper Lanterns Workshop 

1/21- Syosset Public Library - Syosset- Traditions of Chinese Acrobats 🔺

1/22 - Brooklyn Conservatory of Music - Brooklyn - Lunar New Year Celebration - The Columbia Lions will be appearing 

1/28- Queens Botanical Garden- Queens - Miffy Presents Lunar New Year 

1/28- Brooklyn Children's Museum - Brooklyn- Learn about the festival and traditions of Lunar New Year through storytelling, live music, calligraphy workshops, kung fu lessons, and a rooftop lion dance parade led by the Chinatown Community Young Lions. 

1/28 - 1/29 - Welcome To Chinatown - Manhattan-  Shop for stationery, coffee, embroidery and more at the Lunar New Year Weekend Fair hosted by Welcome to Chinatown. The shopping event will also feature an AAPI department store, an artist alley and a Chintatown scavenger hunt. The festivities will be held at East Broadway Mall. 

1/29-Flushing Town Hall- Queens- Chinese Theatre Works: Hao Bang-ah, Rabbit! Budaixi-style Puppetry w/Live Music 

1/29 & 1/30-  Tilles Center - Brookville - Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in Celebration of the Year of the Water Rabbit 🔺

1/31 - NY Philharmonic- Manhattan- Lunar New Year Performance

1/31 - NY Philharmonic- Manhattan- Lunar New Year Gala 

2/3 - Stony Brook- Charles B. Wang Center - Celebrating the Lunar New Year with Black Sesame Butter 🔺

2/5 - Kupferberg Center for the Arts @ Queens College - Queens - Celebrating the Lunar New Year of the Water Rabbit with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company 

2/12 - Manhattan- Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival 

2/22 -  Sara D. Roosevelt Park -  Manhattan- Annual Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival

Lucky Foods

2/3 - Stony Brook- Charles B. Wang Center - Celebrating the Lunar New Year with Black Sesame Butter 🔺

Chinese New Year food can be of great significance. Lucky food is served during the 16 day festival but especially on Chinese New Year dinner on New Year's Eve which is believed to bring about good fortune and luck for the coming year. 

Here are some lucky foods and some of their symbolism:

1. Dumplings- fillings have various meaning- (stay away from ones with sauerkraut)

2. Spring Rolls- wealth

3. Good Fortune Fruit- Fullness - some fruits include tangerines and oranges 

4. Noodles- longevity

Check out Gold Belly and order Famous Nom Wah dumplings and siu ma. If you are local to Manhattan or Brooklyn you can also pick up a Lunar New Year dinner from Nom Wah. 

Play the Game Tray of Togetherness to learn more

All Month/While Supplies Last- Tea Drunk- Year of the Rabbit Tea Sampler

Order some take out...


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