Grab the ox by the horns: Celebrate Lunar New Year
A vaunted early-year cultural tradition begins again on Jan. 26, when the Chinese calendar turns to the Year of the Ox. In commemoration, a variety of citywide celebrations are planned, ranging from the iconic Chinatown New Year Parade to stage performances and special restaurant deals. Here are some of the highlights:
10th Annual Lunar New Year Parade
Feb. 1, 12 to 3 p.m.
Begins at Mott and Hester sts. FREE
The central event in NYCs annual Chinese New Year celebration runs through the heart of Chinatown and can be seen from multiple vantage points, the best being on Allen Street between Canal and Grand streets. The parade features colorful floats, lavishly costumed marchers, smiling dignitaries and a variety of musical performances. A cultural festival runs concurrently at Grand and Chrystie streets from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Stories, Music and Art of the Lunar Year
Jan. 29, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
New York Public Library Seward Park Branch, 192 E. Broadway at Jefferson St., 212-477-6770 FREE
Mingmei Yip performs traditional Chinese music with the qin, a Chinese instrument, tells stories and educates about the Chinese zodiac and various New Year traditions. She also reads excerpts from her childrens book Chinese Childrens Favorite Stories.Folk Arts Festival
Feb. 1, 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Asian American Arts Centre, 26 Bowery, btwn Pell and Bayard sts., 212-233-2154
General $12, seniors and students $6, children 3 and under FREE
This is an interactive event in which attendees will be able to watch and talk to Ye Xun, a miniature figurine artist; Lin Yung, an ink calligrapher; and others as they demonstrate their crafts. Chinese and Tibetan folk singers perform too.
Bar Q Restaurant Tasting Menu
Jan. 26, 5:30 to 10 p.m.
308-310 Bleecker St., btwn Barrow and Grove sts., 212-206-7817 $70.74 per person
Bar Q Restaurant offers a six-course tasting menu that includes chilled salmon egg Chawanmushi (the egg represents a new beginning), pork and kimchee dumplings (meant to guarantee a happy new year) as well as many courses with symbolic meanings.
Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival
Jan. 26, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Roosevelt Park (soccer field) at Canal and Forsyth sts. FREE
The firecracker ceremony, performed to combat evil spirits, is one of the central events in the annual Chinese New Year festivities.