Celebrate Lunar New Year on Long Island
Chinese New Year is on Saturday, February 12th, 2021!
Celebrate the Year of the Ox with great food options and virtual events to enjoy safely at home.
* Virtual Lion Dances - highlighted below
2/6-2/16 - The MET -
Events, discussions and virtual exhibition tours related to Lunar New Year
2/12 - MOCA -
Join Gordon, Li Li, and local author Michele Wong McSween for a special Mandarin lesson featuring all your favorite zodiac animals and more. Michele will teach English and Mandarin words from her bilingual book, Gordon & Li Li Celebrate Chinese New Year
2/13 - The MET -
Celebrate the Year of the Ox, one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, with virtual performances, interactive activities, and artist-led workshops for all ages.
2/13 - China Institute -
Kick off the Year of the Ox with the virtual edition of China Institute’s signature New Year Celebration for families.The festival opens with a lion dance and puppet performance followed by New Year-themed workshops and activities including dumpling making and lantern painting.
2/14 - Flushing Town Hall -
This free virtual event will feature a feast of Lunar New Year celebrations, including traditional folk dance by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company; “Hao Bang Ah, New Year!”, a new Chinese hand puppet performance by Chinese Theatre Works; a paper-cutting demonstration by Hongyi He and Ling Tang; a Chinese comic crosstalk episode; "A Guide of New York Love", by Shuimu Xiangsheng; and, a fish-drawing demonstration by Arthur Liu of the Queens Arts Center. And, for those seeking culinary experiences, tune in to see classic Lunar New Year dishes: sweet and savory rice ball demonstration by Queens Night Market’s Wanda Chiu; a meatball dish called “braised lion head” by Queens Night Market’s Johnson Hu; and, a whole fish demonstration by Glow Community Center.
2/15 - MOCA -
Sing along to No-No Boy’s “Cup of Noodles,” a song about preparing for the new year and practicing lion dance! Then, summon a year of good luck by watching a dazzling Southern lion dance performed by the United East Athletic Association
2/16 - MOCA -
Noodles have a long history in many cultures, but the world’s oldest noodles were found in China, over 4,000 years ago! Watch and learn from expert noodle puller Peter Looi as he demonstrates the art of pulling long life noodles, an especially auspicious New Year’s tradition.
2/16 - New York Philharmonic -
Join their festive virtual program of Asian and Western music. There will be surprise guests and past Lunar New Year concert highlights featuring the likes of Maestro Long Yu and superstar pianist Lang Lang, collaborations with Shanghai Orchestra Academy students and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra musicians, and more.
2/17 - MOCA -
Join Ms. Yan for an introduction to the sweet art of sugar painting, a delicious traditional Chinese folk art popular amongst street artists in northern China.
2/17 - MOCA -
Join Mei, Olivia the Ox, and author Oliver Chin for an exciting tale from the Chinese zodiac.
2/19 - MOCA -
Join MOCA educator Nicole for a thrilling retelling of the Legend of Nian. Then, follow along with MOCA educator Taylor as you learn how transform ordinary household items into festive rattle drums that you can use to scare away the Nian monster until next year.
Chinese New Year food can be of great significance. Lucky food is served during the 16 day festival but especially on Chinese New Year dinner on New Year's Eve which is believed to bring about good fortune and luck for the coming year.
Here are some lucky foods and some of their symbolism:
1. Dumplings- fillings have various meaning- (stay away from ones with sauerkraut)
2. Spring Rolls- wealth
3. Good Fortune Fruit- Fullness - some fruits include tangerines and oranges
4. Noodles- longevity
Order some take out...