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Happy New Year!

The Chinese New Year is a holiday in which people honor their household and heavenly deities and ancestors. It’s serious family time for Chineses folks, but that doesn’t mean they won’t leave their homes to celebrate en masse.

New York City will celebrate in several ways. We’re talking parades and parties, people. Here ar two of the biggest:

On Friday, the 16th, the Better Chinatown Society will hold the 19th New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival. Thousands of fireworks will be set off to ward off bad spirits and there will be wildly colorful lion dancing. Never seen a lion dance? Take a look:

 

 

To join in on the fun, head downtown to Sara D. Roosevelt Park by Grand and Chrystie Streets at 11 a.m. for lots of food, dancing, and fun!

Next up will be the official Chinese New Year Parade and that takes place on Sunday, the 25th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The parade runs through Chinatown and the Lower East Side. The route: Mott and Canal to Chatham Square to East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, completing on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets towards Grand Street next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Got that? We didn’t either. Just head down to Mott Street in Chinatown and you’ll figure it out.

This year brings the Year of the Dog. Those born in the years 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1994 and 2006 and now, 2018, are said to share the attributes of honesty, dedication, friendliness, and kindness. (Sounds good to us!)

These sound like two great ways to celebrate the rich Chinese culture! Happy Monday, folks!

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