The Lunar New Year in NYC guide

Celebrate Lunar New Year, NYC-style, with great cultural events and traditions like the Chinese New Year Parade

15th annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
Photograph: Filip Wolak15th annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

It's the year of the ox! For Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year), NYC is once again going all out with festive online events featuring traditional dancing and performances and dinners offering. Our guide includes everything you need to know about the holiday, from restaurants where you can gorge on Chinese delicacies to events where you can experience more of what the country has to offer. As one of the best NYC events in January and things to do in winter, make sure to save the date for the annual Lunar New Year Parade later this year since it's been postponed.

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When is Lunar New Year?

The Lunar New Year falls on Friday, February 12, 2021. It's the year of the ox! Those born in the year of the ox (1937, 1949, 1961,1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 and 2021) are thought to be honest, earnest and low key and never look for praise or to be the center of attention. This often hides their talent, but they’ll gain recognition through their hard work, according to chinesenewyear.net.

What is Lunar New Year?

Lunar New Year is a holiday in which people honor household and heavenly deities, as well as their ancestors. More modern generations also see the holiday as a time for family to celebrate and come together.

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Lunar New Year in NYC

The best things to do for Chinese New Year
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The best things to do for Chinese New Year

Celebrate Chinese New Year with a series of fun high-energy cultural events happening all over the city

The best Chinatown restaurants in NYC
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The best Chinatown restaurants in NYC

Find the best Chinatown restaurants in NYC, including trusty favorites and the latest hot spots in the neighborhood

The 12 best restaurants for dim sum in NYC
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The 12 best restaurants for dim sum in NYC

Gather a crew to feast on a midday Chinese meal. Here are the best spots for dim sum that NYC has to offer.

The best Chinese bakeries in NYC
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The best Chinese bakeries in NYC

New York’s best Chinese bakeries are here to sate your cravings for sponge cakes, steamed buns and egg tarts

The best karaoke bars in Chinatown
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The best karaoke bars in Chinatown

Ready to channel your inner diva? Chinatown has plenty of karaoke bars where you can have your mic drop moment.

The best shops in Chinatown NYC
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The best shops in Chinatown NYC

From beauty supplies to chopsticks, there are unique finds everyone is sure to love in Chinatown NYC

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The Chinese New Year Parade guide
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The Chinese New Year Parade guide

It's time to ring in the new year (again)! Chinatown’s annual Chinese New Year Parade is back with dragon dancing, stunning outfits, martial art performers and more to celebrate.

The best things to do near the Chinese New Year Parade
Things to do

The best things to do near the Chinese New Year Parade

If you’re planning to attend the Chinese New Year Parade, you might be looking for something to do before or after NYC’s most colorful procession. That’s why we’ve rounded up some awesome New York attractions located in surrounding neighborhoods such as Little Italy as well as some noteworthy spots in Chinatown for you to check out. After the festivities die down, check out one of the best karaoke bars in Chinatown, have dinner at one of the many Chinatown restaurants and discover great places to go shopping. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Chinese New Year parade in NYC

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Everything you need to know about the Chinese New Year Firecracker Celebration this weekend

Get $1 dumplings to celebrate Chinese New Year in the West Village
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Get $1 dumplings to celebrate Chinese New Year in the West Village

Where to get Chinese New Year dinner in NYC
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Where to get Chinese New Year dinner in NYC

 Gung hay fat choy! Where to celebrate the Chinese New Year in NYC (2014)

Gung hay fat choy! Where to celebrate the Chinese New Year in NYC (2014)

Chinese Lunar New Year events 2012

Chinese Lunar New Year events 2012