Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Where to Celebrate the Lunar New Year -Year of the Horse in New York

Happy Year of the Horse. photo by Lia Chang

Happy Year of the Horse. photo by Lia Chang


2014 is the Year of the Horse 4712, which kicks off on January 31, 2014 and continues through February 18, 2015.

Lunar New Year Parade + Lion / Dragon Dances

    Friday, January 31 at 11:00 am
    Location: Sara Roosevelt Park (Grand & Forsyth St.)
    Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm
    Location: Starts at Little Italy and goes through the main streets of Lower Chinatown/Manhattan
    Cultural Festival & Booth: Sara Roosevelt Park (Canal & Forsyth St.) One block from major subway system, next to Manhattan Bridge, nearby all out of town buses, and surrounded by major market place

Chinese New Year Festivities at the China Institute

  • Lion Dance
    Sunday, February 2, 2014
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    (Time Zone: US/Eastern)
    China Institute
    125 65th Street
    New York NY 10065 US
  • Chinese New Year’s Celebration: The Year of the Horse
    Kick off the Year of the Horse with a free lion dance and kung fu demonstration in front of China Institute at 125 East 65th Street. Following the lion dance, join our New Year-themed workshops and activities inside China Institute, including gallery tours of our newest exhibition Inspired by Dunhuang: Re-creation in Contemporary Chinese Art.

Queens Libraries

Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing, Queens –
Saturday, February 8, 2014

They’ll be dragon dancers, steel drummers and fireworks. From Main Street at 37th avenue towards Main and other local streets as well as Flushing Mall. The parade is the feature of the Chinese New Year celebrations in the area. On hand will be dragon dancers, steel drummers, and fireworks.

Following the parade will be the following: Lunar New Year Parade taking place on February 16, 2013: On hand will be the highly anticipated acrobats, dragons, drummers and yes! Even Fireworks! 

Snug Harbor

    Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Music Hall
    Sunday, February 9, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Asia Society

  • Moon Over Manhattan: Lunar New Year Family Day
    Celebrate the Year of the Horse
    February 9, 2013
    1:00pm – 4:00pm
    725 Park Avenue, New York, NY
    $5 students, seniors, children, $7 members (Dual Family members FREE), $12 nonmembers. Tickets available at the door
    Asia Society rings in the Year of the Horse with performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia.  Activities will include a Lion Dance and Kung Fu Demonstration, Vietnamese Dong Ho folk painting, musical performances and more.
  • First Friday: Lunar New Year Celebration
    7 February 2014
    6:00pm – 9:00pm
    725 Park Avenue (at East 70th Street), New York, NY
    Celebrate the Lunar New Year (Year of the Horse) with Asia Society. Experience a night of fun and culture with friends and colleagues. Free museum tours, music, special priced leotinis, discounts at AsiaStore and more. Join them for the festivities!

Flushing Town Hall

  • Korean Mask Making Workshop
    Sunday, February 2nd
    For Families: Traditional Korean masks are a vital part of Korean dance dramas. Following an introduction to Korean traditional crafts, participants will color and decorate the Bong San T’al Ch’um mask and create their own colorful character. Starts at 1:00 PM.
  • >Workshop: Make Your Wish on Hanji
    Sunday, February 9th
    For Families: Korean folk paintings are drawn on hanji (Korean traditional mulberry paper) and this incredibly versatile paper is also used to make a vast array of arts and crafts. Write your wishes for the new year on hanji and create a one-of-a-kind art piece to take home. Starts at 1:00 PM.
  • Lunar New Year Dance Sampler (in Gallery)
    Sunday, February 16th
    Curated by Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou, this year’s sampler will present demonstrations of dance from China, Korea, Taiwan, India and beyond. Starts at 1:00 PM.
  • Workshop: Calligraphy on Silk
    Sunday, February 16th
    For Families: Welcome in the Year of the Horse with a calligraphy workshop lead by Asian arts specialist Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou. Learn basic calligraphy to write your new year’s wishes on Chinese silk fans. Starts at 3:00 PM.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)

  • Chinese New Year Festival at CMOM
    January 31 to February 2
    10am to 5pm
    Children’s Museum of Manhattan
    212 W 83rd Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave)
    New York, NY
    Children and Adults: $11
    Seniors: $7
    Members and Children under 12 months: Free

MoCA (Museum of Chinese in America)

  • Preparing for the New Year in Chinatown
    Sat, Jan 25, 2014 from 11am – 12:30pm
    Sun, Jan 26, 2014 from 11am – 12:30pm
    Sun, Jan 26, 2014 from 1pm – 2:30pm
    Sat, Feb 1, 2014 from 11am – 12:30pm
    Saturdays and Sundays from Jan 25th to Feb 9th
    11am-12:30pm & 1pm-2:30pm (only 11am on Jan 25th) MOCA’s walking tour takes visitors through Chinatown to learn about holiday traditions and customs observed by Chinese households.
    Tickets: $15/adult, $12/student & senior; $8/MOCA member. Free for children under 5.
    Advance reservation required. Purchase tickets online.
  • FAMILY FESTIVAL: Gallop into the New Year with MOCA!
    Sat, Feb 1, 2014 from 11am – 4pm
    Join us for a Lunar New Year celebration to usher in the Year of the Horse! Visitors of all ages are invited to MOCA’s popular annual family festival to celebrate Chinese cultural traditions and the arts. Enjoy an awe-inspiring lion dance performance and workshop, make rattle drums and learn paper folding, embark on storytelling journeys, participate in zodiac-themed arts-and-crafts activities, and sway along with Chinatown’s Red Silk Dancers.
    Tickets: $10 per person. Free for MOCA members, children under 2, and Cool Culture families.   Stroller parking unavailable.

Other articles on Chinese New Year:
2014 is the Year of the Horse, Dragons and Lions in The Chinese New Year Parade
Lia Chang’s Lens: Photos of Lion Dancers and Rabbits in Los Angeles Chinatown
Photos: Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington in San Marino
Meet the authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac, Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith, Museworks, Ltd.

Other Articles by Lia Chang:
March 21 – May 4: Arena Stage Presents World Premiere of Lawrence Wright’s Camp David Starring Tony Award winner Ron Rifkin and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas
Feb. 4 – Mar. 16: Phoebe Strole, Jon Rua, Join Cole Horibe and More for Signature’s World Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu
Feb. 7-22: Maggie Alexander and Ciarán Sheehan Star in Michael Weller’s Fifty Words at The Gene Frankel Theatre
Jan. 22-31: Photos: Tracey Conyer Lee, Lelund Durond Thompson, Matthew Murumba, and Carmen LoBue set for Camille Darby’s Lords Resistance Featured in The Fire This Time Festival at The Kraine Theater
Jan. 9 – Feb. 9: Jarlath Conroy, Rebecca Brooksher, Eric Martin Brown, Ryan Garbayo, Rocco Sisto, Nick Westrate Set for Red Bull’s Off-Broadway Revival of Loot
Jan. 9 – Feb. 9: Thom Sesma and Michele Ragusa to Star in Greg Edwards and CRAVING FOR TRAVEL at Peter J. Sharp Theater
Q & A with Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play’s Garth Kravits
Photos: David Henry Hwang, Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph honored at Sixth Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards
Photos: André De Shields, Michael Shannon, Rajiv Joseph, Christine Sherrill, Doug Peck, Alexis J. Rogers, Karen Ziemba and More Celebrate 2013 Jeff Equity Awards
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang. Photo by Charles Richard Barboza Lia Chang. Photo by Charles Richard Barboza

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. She recently appeared in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival opposite Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar.

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