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

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.

Shaye Weaver
Rossilynne Skena Culgan
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Shaye Weaver
Rossilynne Skena Culgan

The year of the dragon is coming! For Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year), NYC is once again going all out with a huge parade in Chinatownfestive events featuring traditional dancing and performances and dinners. 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 February and things to do in winter.

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When is Lunar New Year?

The Lunar New Year falls on Saturday, February 10, 2024. It’s the year of the dragon! Those born in the year of the dragon (2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, and 1952) are said to be strong and independent figures who yearn for support and love, according to

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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The Chinese New Year Parade guide

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...