China rings in the Lunar New Year in a very big way. The firecrackers and silk dragons dancing in the street and opulent feasts of auspicious-sounding dishes and sweets are only some of the celebratory routines. Chinese New Year, which falls on Febuary 14th this year, is the single most important holiday in the China. It's a time for renewal, family gatherings, eating rich foods and paying respect to your ancestors and elders. 2010 is the Year of the Tiger which is the third sign in the Chinese Zodiac cycle, and it is a sign of bravery. Flushing, Queens has one of the largest Chinese populations in New York City and has several happenings for families to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
Traditional Korean Music and Dance at Flushing Town Hall
On January 30, 2010 at 2:30pm, Noreum Machi, an energetic Korean music and dance ensemble, performs the virtuosic percussion music known as Samul-Nori. Audiences will be immersed in Korean culture with the combination of traditional dance and movement, rhythm and sounds, and elaborate costumes. An Interactive Arts workshop will take place before the performance, at 1pm, for $4 adults and $2 children.
Flushing Town Hall will be celebrating the Year of the Tiger from February 12, 2010 through March 28, 2010 from 12pm-5pm with Tigers in the House, an exhibit of tiger-inspired crafts, masks, and prints handcrafted by Chinese artists from China, New York and California.
Flushing Lunar New Year Parade in happening on February 20, 2010 at 11 a.m. The parade is the highlight of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Flushing. Look for dragon dancers, steel drummers, and fireworks. About 4,000 people march each year. The parade begins at Union St and 37th Ave and ends at Main St and 39th Ave.
Also at Flushing Town Hall:
Lunar New Year Dance Sampler Sat Feb 20th at 2pm Families can see a sample of dance performances from Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Presented by NY Institute of Culture and the Arts. Starts at 2:00 PM.
Lunar New Year Tea Ceremony Saturday Feb 27th at 2pm a traditional Tea Ceremony demonstration presented by the Luh Yu Tea Emporium.
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd.
Flushing, New York 11354