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Dear James 

Happy Asian Lunar New Year from the Chinatown Partnership and!

Starting tomorrow, Monday, January 23, 2012 and over the next few weeks into February, Manhattan's Chinatown will be celebrating the Asian Lunar New Year through a variety of fun and exciting activities throughout the streets of Lower Manhattan and across New York City. From food, sights and sounds, there's no better time than now to visit Chinatown to experience Chinese culture and tradition at its most festive.

Stay warm, and see you around Chinatown!



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Wellington Chen
Executive Director
Chinatown Partnership LDC

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Lunar New Year Events & Activities Guide:


January 23:  Firecracker Ceremony


From 11am to 3:30pm in Roosevelt Park, between Grand and Hester Street. On Monday Chinatown will be the only place in all of New York City where you will be able to see and enjoy live firecrackers blast off the New Year, safely and legally!




Stop by MOCA's Family Arts & Crafts table and create your own Zodiac Animal Puppet.  Based upon the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac, participants will work with an array of materials, from beads to colored paper.  Ages 6 and up. All supplies are provided.  Free with museum admission.



January 24-29Chinglish

(Cast of Chinglish will be marching in the Lunar New Year Parade on Jan 29!)

Last chance to see TIME magazine's best American Play of the Year.  A new comedy about the misadventures of miscommunication, written by Tony® Award winner David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) and directed by Obie Award winner Leigh Silverman (From Up Here, Well).  35% Discount (Broadway Offers): CGASA114


Join HSC to celebrate the New Year at their annual Lunar New Year Party!  5:30pm design activities for children in the HSC workshop.  7pm drinks and hors d'oeuvres.  HSC will also be unveiling the 5th annual installation of Lunar New Year lanterns, in nearby Sara D. Roosevelt Park!  Start Time: 5:30pm, End Time: 10:00pm



MOCA's walking tour takes visitors through Chinatown to learn about holiday traditions and customs observed by Chinese households. Witness how the neighborhood transforms itself in preparation for the New Year and discover the characteristics that make this holiday unique.



At the Winter Garden, 200 Vesey St. between 1:00pm to 4:00pm Usher in good fortune and celebrate the Year of the Dragon-the most auspicious animal of the Chinese Zodiac-with performances, interactive gallery activities, and art-making workshops for all ages.




Asian American Arts Centre is pleased to announce its annual "Lunar New Year Celebration", this year in collaboration with the Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA) at its brand new spacious facility. The celebration features many special events and activities full of fun and cheer.




1pm: Lion Dance and tea in the Chinese Scholar's Garden, 2pm: Performance by the New York Chinese Cultural Center in the Music Hall.  Performances will include: Handkerchief Dance, Miao Dance, Men's Drum Dance, Mongolian Dance, Tibetan Dance, Monkey King with 4 Little Monkeys. Event at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.



January 29: 13th Annual Chinatown New Year Parade & Festival

2:30pm to 4pm, Mott St & Hester St. One of the biggest parades in all of NYC will kick off the New Year as thousands of paraders march through Chinatown. Hundreds of thousands will gather for this spectacular parade which the Chinese believes will bring luck & prosperity to the neighborhood and all who attends!



February 4Celebrating Lunar New Year: The Year of the Dragon


At the MET, there will be performances, interactive gallery activities, and art-making workshops for all ages.  All programs & performances are free with Museum admission. The cafeteria will also be celebrating Lunar New Year with a traditional Chinese menu including soy sauce chicken, pork buns, and more. All are welcome.

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NYC's Chinatown Prepares for Chinese New Year
(By VOA)


New York's Chinatown is gearing up for Chinese New Year. Foods are being prepared, decorations hung and last minute rehearsals are being held for the festival and parade that will draw residents and visitors alike. Daniela Schrier reports from what residents say is the largest Chinatown in the United States.  Watch Video
Year of the Dragon - Birth Rate Spike (By Daily News)

When Lunar New Year is celebrated later this month, it will usher in the auspicious Year of the Dragon - and maybe a bumper crop of babies.  "I would say the birth rate will go up because of the symbol," Chinatown Partnership executive director Wellington Chen said last week.  The dragon is the most powerful of the 12 signs in the Chinese zodiac, which assigns an animal to each year. Korean and Vietnamese astrology also mark 2012 as a dragon year.  Continue Reading

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