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Celebrate the Lunar New Year with family-friendly festivities

Usher in the Year of the Horse with colorful Lunar New Year celebrations for the whole family beginning this Friday, January 31.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Best ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year with kids in NYC: 15th New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

  • Photograph: Courtesy Children's Museum of Manhattan

    Best ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year with kids in NYC: Chinese New Year Festival at CMOM

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    Best ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year with kids in NYC: "Ni Hao, Kai-Lan" Double Feature

  • Photograph: Courtesy Museum of Chinese in America

    Best ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year with kids in NYC: Gallop Into the New Year with MOCA

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    Best ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year with kids in NYC: Moon Over Manhattan: Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Asia Society

  • Best ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year with kids in NYC: Chinatown Walking Tour: Lunar New Year Special 2014

     

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Best ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year with kids in NYC: 15th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

  • Best ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year with kids in NYC: Flushing Lunar New Year Parade

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    Best ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year with kids in NYC: Lunar New Year Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Best ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year with kids in NYC: 15th New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

This Friday marks the first day of the year on the East Asian calendar, and the city will explode with confetti and kid-friendly festivities to welcome the Lunar New Year with a bang. Embrace traditional Chinese celebrations and ward off bad spriits for the coming year at the confetti-filled Firecracker Ceremony in Roosevelt Park (Jan 31); design a hong-bao envelope at CMOM's Chinese New Year Festival (Jan 31–Feb 2), or craft a horse-themed puppet (in honor of this year's zodiac animal) at Sony Wonder Technology Lab's family workshop (Jan 31) before or after introducing  little ones to unique holiday traditions with a double feature of "Ni Hao, Kai-lan," Nick Jr.'s animated series, with episodes about the annual Chinese fete (Jan 31).


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On Saturday, February 1, take in a Lion Dance and performance by the Red Silk Dancers of Chinatown at MOCA's special event, Gallop Into the New Year, or get moving with belly dancing, yoga and boot camp classes at the Flushing Y's first annual New Year family event. You can also hunker down for short films, a kung fu demo and a live show from East Asian folk group Rabbit Days and Dumplings at Moon over Manhattan at the Asia Society or get a firsthand look at holiday customs, food and decorations by joining in on a walking tour of Chinatown (Feb 1–2), one of the oldest ethnic Chinese enclaves outside of Asia.


For an immersive experience, walk through the bustling streets of Manhattan's Chinatown and marvel as the 15th annual parade (Feb 2) passes through, complete with floats, musical acts and bright dragon dancers. Make sure to catch Flushing's big procession the following week as well (Feb 8); you can stick around in Queens to enjoy a New York Chinese Chorus performance and herbal tea workshops at the Queens Botanical Garden's bash or cap off your day reveling in a jam-packed roster of dance and music exhibitions, Chinese art demos and festive craft projects at the Met's Lunar New Year Festival.



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