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How to celebrate Lunar New Year in NYC in 2020

Lunar New Year in NYC is a time for family fun! Check out the best Lunar New Year events to ring in the Year of the Rat!

Written by
Allie Early
Danielle Valente
Oliver Strand

Lunar New Year is coming up, and amazing events for kids are popping up all over NYC! Take a look at our list of all the exciting ways to welcome the Year of the Rat. 

From crafts and food tastings to performances and dances, these Lunar New Year events are a big part of our January events calendar—and some of our favorite things to do with kids in NYC. While you're on your way to a warm cup of hot chocolate or heading to the best winter activities for kids, make sure to search out these super fun happenings! 

What is Lunar New Year?

Lunar New Year in NYC is a celebration that observes the start of the new year in the lunar calendar. This traditional event is an important holiday in many Asian cultures, and often includes festive meals and fireworks.

When is Lunar New Year?

Lunar New Year falls on a different day each year. This year, it occurs on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Lunar New Year events take place in NYC throughout the entire month.

What is the Year of the Rat?

The rat is the first of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. (Other Asian countries have different zodiacal animals.) People born during the Year of the Rat are considered to be industrious, alert, intuitive and energetic.

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