Celebrate Lunar New Year in Chinatown!

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How to Celebrate the Year of the Horse in Chinatown 
CHINATOWN - As the Year of the Snake slithers away, Chinatown is getting ready to welcome in the Year of the Horse.

The Lunar New Year on Jan. 31 is surrounded by weeks of celebrations, but there's more happening than just the dancing lions and a firecracker ceremony. Pop-up stores are offering deals on traditional gifts including red money envelopes and clementine trees - a symbol of prosperity - while Chinatown's restaurants are serving special menus for New Year's revelers.

"To make it through the threshold of the year is a big celebration," said Wellington Chen, the executive director of the Chinatown Business Improvement District and the Chinatown Partnership.  

"It's very comparable to pre-Christmas - the food shopping is huge," he added. "The travel is huge."

People born in the Year of the Horse are said to be energetic, clever and talkative, though they can sometimes be stubborn. No matter your sign, here's how to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Chinatown:

Shopping         Eating Out       Celebrations

15th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

February 2, 2014 | Sunday | 1:00pm
Location: Starts at Little Italy
and goes through the main streets of Lower Chinatown/Manhattan

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11 things to know about Lunar New Year

By Grace Huang, for CNN - Red packets of money will change hands and dragon dances will roar through the streets as people around the world, predominately of Chinese descent, usher in the Year of the Horse.

Beyond the usual Lunar New Year traditions, however, is a holiday full of interesting quirks and customs.  Continue Reading... 

Chinatown's Wilder Lunar New Year Days Remembered

Downtown Express photo and Article by Sam Spokony
Karlin Chan, who now trains lion dancers for Chinatown's Lunar New Year parades, said when he performed in the '70s, it was a "free for all."  With the Lunar New Year and its colorful costumes, pounding drums and exuberant lion dances starting this week, Chinatown's cultural leaders are preparing for yet another celebration through the streets.   Read More...

Pace University CI's Annual Lunar New Year Celebration 

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014, The celebration will take place in the Schimmel Theater at 3 Spruce Street from 1-3 PM and will include a traditional lion dance, martial arts, instrumental performances, hip hop, crosstalk comedy, a special performance by the United Nations Singers, and a raffle. If you would like to attend please RSVPs at ci@pace.edu 

See 2013's Lunar New Year Parade to Find Best Location to Watch This Year's Parade 

Parade along Mott Street, Chatham Square, and East Broadway, celebrating the Year of the Snake. Watch YouTube...

Chinatown BID 2013 Annual Report

"Chinatown is much more" - Meet Chinatown's entrepreneurs, read about interesting CleanStreet stats, look at event photos, check out 2013's highlights and much more.

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Who Says Dessert Can't Be Healthy?

Chinatown's latest bakery creation:  Fresh fruit tart, with light custard.  

Fay Da Bakery -
83 Mott St. Phone: 212-791-3884

Bakery Website...

Free Citizenship Classes 

Do you or someone you know want to learn how to become a citizen of the United States? Sign up below for more information on free classes that will be held once a week at Columbia University. Classes will start in early February. The teachers will speak Chinese.

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Chinatown Partnership proud to support Chinese Theatre Works at their 1000 Mile Horse Whisperer fundraiser.

Chinese Theatre Works (CTW) was created in 2001 out of the merger of two non-profit institutions with long histories of
bringing traditional and innovative, contemporary Chinese performing arts to local New York City, national and international audiences.  Read more about them HERE.

Photo by:  Charles Eshelman

Photo by:  Susan Soo