On Friday, February 16, from 11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Celebrate the first day of the Lunar New Year at the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival! There will be performances and vendors. The parade and festivities start at Grand Street at Chrystie Street in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. 600,000 firecrackers will burst forth to welcome the Year of the Dog and ward off evil spirits. In addition to the pyrotechnics, there will be lion dances and decorations giveaways, plus craft vendors and food booths where you can get your fill of traditional delicacies. It’s said that the more dumplings you eat at the celebration, the more money you’ll make in the year ahead.
If you miss this celebration not to worry on Sunday, February 25, from 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. One of the best NYC events is stormed by dragons and dancers, while some of the best Chinese restaurants serve delicious food in celebration of the Lunar New Year. The annual Lunar New Year Parade displays amazing visuals, delicious treats, and mesmerizing cultural performances. This party features all sorts of vendors, food, and festivities for all ages to welcome the Year of the Dog.
The parade starts at 1:00 p.m. Show up early to grab a prime spot along the route! Visit Better Chinatown USA’s website to view a map of the route.
Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China. In 2018, Chinese New Year begins on February 16 and marks the beginning of the Year of the Dog. Tied to the Chinese lunar calendar, the holiday was traditionally a time to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. It was also a time to bring family together for feasting.
In the first five days of the New Year, people eat long noodles to symbolize long life. On the 15th and final day of the New Year, round dumplings shaped like the full moon were shared as a sign of the family unit and of perfection.