Chinese New Year in New York Calendar, Events & Parties [2021 Guide]
Known in China as Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese lunar calendar.
Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday and celebration in Chinese culture. Marking the beginning of Spring season and lasting two weeks long, Chinese New Year is accompanied by a plethora of observances, from honoring ancestors, to large reunion dinners, to lantern hanging, to mooncake eating. It is customary for those celebrating the holiday to thoroughly clean their home (to eradicate any ill-fortune) and to pass along as much good fortune and prosperity as possible. This is often exemplified by the commonly-seen red paper bags, filled with money and given to the children of each family. Other common traditions include dumping-making and eating, lighting firecrackers, and the famous Dragon-dances in the streets.
While alcohol and partying has not been customary in past years, lately in NYC there has been a surge in revelry to celebrate this monumental holiday, mostly by Chinese-American and Asian-American citizens. Chinese New Year is a festive time of the year and happens early in each calendar year, giving reason to be thankful and communal, no matter your ethnicity, background, socioeconomic status, or political views. Everyone gets together, acts like family, and eats some damn good Chinese food!
FAQ about Chinese New Year in New York
Looking for information about events during Chinese New Year? No problem, we compiled the most frequently asked questions about it right here:
When does Chinese New Year start and end?
Chinese New Year is between Friday, February 12 2021 and Friday, February 26 2021.
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Where are the top places to go to?
During Chinese New Year, these are the top 5 places to go: Sony Hall.
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