10 Jan Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year in NYC
As the new year starts, you’ll be surprised to find that there exists another calendar where the new year has yet to kick in. This is known as the Lunar New Year and it is the first day in the Chinese calendar based on a lunisolar calendar which arranges the days, months and even years based on the astronomical phenomenon. Chinese New Year in NYC is a great opportunity to learn more about Chinese culture, food, and enjoy a new experience.
Despite this date being used primarily for traditional activities in China, globalization and migration of the Chinese communities have resulted in the Lunar New Year being celebrated across the globe by a vast majority of people. Here in the US, individuals and communities celebrate the Lunar New Year because it is a time where families get together and gifts known as “red packets” containing money are given to children.
Chinese New Year in NYC
This year, the Lunar New Year takes place on the 28th of January and lasts for 15 days of the first lunar month. If you happen to be in New York City and are looking to experience Chinese New Year in NYC, then you’re in luck! Every year, Manhattan’s Chinatown located in Lower Manhattan throws its annual Lunar New Year celebration in style and rides in the new year with a huge bang!
This year’s celebrations start with the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival on January 28th at 11 am, followed by stunning fireworks scheduled for noon. Should you be living near other Chinatowns such as Sunset Park, Flushing, Queens or Brooklyn, you can expect similar events to take place.
Finally, a Lunar New Year Parade NYC kicks in on the 5th of February where you can expect impressive performances lined up with stunning visuals and mouthwatering treats. The street party will see vendors lined up along the roads as the parade winds its way around the main streets of Little Italy and Chinatown from 1 pm onwards. If you’re not busy on that day, be sure to head down and experience both the Lunar New Year Parade and Festival NYC to have a great time with your family and friends!
Once you’re done with the parade, you may wish for a place to have some light bites and drinks to close out the day. M1-5 Lounge is located between Chinatown and Tribeca so you don’t have to spend a long time walking to reach your destination. Coupled with its red walls and impressive interior, you’ll find yourself at ease in this very charming location.
With numerous flat screen televisions and HD projectors, your friends and family can enjoy some sports while sinking your teeth in some succulent burgers, wraps, and sliders. M1 – 5 also features a pool table and beer pong table in the event where you want to have some fun so you’ll not be short of entertainment this Lunar New Year!
Chances are that the area may be packed with all the festivities going on, so place your reservations with Birthday Bottle Service as soon as possible!