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year of the pig

Sara D. Roosevelt Park and other locations
East Houston St. between Forsythe & Chrystie Sts.
February 5-28

Gōng xǐ fā cái! New York City is ready to celebrate the Year of the Pig, or, more specifically, the Earth Pig, this month with special events all over town. People born in the Year of the Pig are realistic, hardworking, social, and enthusiastic. Below are some of the highlights happening here in the five boroughs during the next several weeks of Chinese New Year.

Tuesday, February 5
New Year’s Day Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival, Sara D. Roosevelt Park, Grand Street at Chrystie St., free, 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

Thursday, February 7
MOCATalks: History of the Lion Dance, with Stephen Gong, Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., $15, 6:30

Saturday, February 9
Lunar New Year Celebration, with family-friendly arts and crafts, lion dance, paper-cutting workshop, zodiac face painting (for an additional fee), plant sale, and live performances, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., free, 12 noon - 4:00

Lunar New Year, with music and dance, martial arts, theater, more, Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St., free, 2:00 – 3:15

Sunday, February 10
Chinese New Year Family Festival, with lion dances, dumpling and paper-lantern workshops, percussion play, more, China Institute, 40 Rector St., adults $20, children $5, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Thursday, February 14 & 28
MOCAKIDS: Lunar New Year Storytime!, Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., $5, 3:30

Saturday, February 16
Lunar New Year Family Festival, with “Sounds of the New Year” featuring the pipa and the gong, “Whirling, Twirling Ribbons,” dance performances, food, storytelling, face painting, zodiac arts and crafts, more, Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St., $12, 10:00 - 1:00 and 2:00 - 5:00

Sunday, February 17
Twentieth annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade & Festival, with cultural booths in the park and a parade with floats, antique cars, live performances, and much more from China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, and other nations, Chinatown, Sara D. Roosevelt Park, and Columbus Park, free, 11:00 am - 3:30 pm

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