Though New Year's Eve celebrations are long gone by now in American culture, the Lunar New Year is just around the corner. According to Chinese astrology, Monday, January 23, 2012 is the day to say goodbye to the Year of the Rabbit and hello to the Year of the Dragon, and New York City is about to celebrate big time.
The Lunar New Year celebration in NYC has two parts: The first part will be Monday January 23rd, when 600,000 firecrackers will be set off and a full day festival will begin at 11am. Firecrackers are a Chinese tradition, and the purpose of setting them off on this day is to keep evil spirits away for the year to come. The festivities will take place at Roosevelt Park in Chinatown, Manhattan.
Though the 23rd is the festival day, there will be and additional New York City Lunar New Year celebration on January 29, which will be the full parade from Little Italy in Lower Manhattan to Chinatown. This annual NYC parade consists of amazing multi-person traditional dragon costumes, with hundreds of participants and just as many people there to watch.
Starting a new year is always exciting, so why not participate in one more NYC New Year's celebration before next January rolls around! Be sure to check out our NYC Lunar New Year page to find more information on hotels in Chinatown, a map of the celebration location and more.