Check out the Best Chinese New Year Celebrations in NYC. It’s super fun for everyone! These are annual festivities to celebrate the Chinese New Year every January or February in Chinatown, Manhattan. Great program for families too!
2019 is The Year of the Pig. The pig is associated with wealth, hard work & good fortune.
The first day of Chinese New Year always begins on the new moon that appears between January 21st & February 20th.
The main event that you can’t miss out is the Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown! Expect crowds 😉 More below!
Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival
- Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.
- 11am to 3:30pm.
- Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Grand St. between Chrystie & Forsyth Sts). Chinatown, Lower Manhattan.
Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
The Chinese New Year Parade takes place every year in Chinatown NYC!
You’ll see live music performers, lion & dragon dancers, confetti, colorful floats, marching bands & more!
Fun for people of all ages! Good to go with kids!
- Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019.
- Starts at 1pm.
- Parade route: Mott & Canal to Chatham Square to E Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, ending on Forsyth & Broome Sts next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
- Chinatown, NYC
Festival Lion Dance & Chinese New Year Family Celebrations at Oculus & Brookfield Place
These family celebrations in Financial District & Battery Park are INDOORS!
- Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.
- 1:30pm: Festival Lion Dance that will move from The Oculus, Westfield World Trade Center through the Winter Garden in Brookfield Place, Battery Park.
- 2pm to 3:15pm: Traditional Chinese Dance & Music & Martial Arts Demonstration at the Main Stage of Brookfield Place NY.
More about the Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is also called Lunar New Year and Spring Festival.
The Chinese New Year starts the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar.
Lunar New Year is the beginning of a year whose months are coordinated by the cycles of the moon. The whole year may account to a purely lunar calendar or a lunisolar calendar. (Wikipedia).