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3 Things To Do in New York City for the Lunar New Year

Welcome to the fun month of February! 

While Valentine’s Day might be one of the most well known holidays of this month, an interesting and joyous celebration is just around the corner… Lunar New Year!  The Lunar New Year is a holiday that is traditionally celebrated in eastern cultures, but has been adopted in the United States to help promote and celebrate the cultures of our diverse population.  While the Lunar New Year takes place on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019, celebrations of the Year of the Pig last almost all month long. 

Here are Three Things To Do in New York City for the Lunar New Year:

#1  Celebrations in Chinatown, Manhattan

Lunar New Year Celebration Parade nyc

As the Lunar New Year is traditionally a holiday celebrated in eastern cultures, Chinatown and Koreatowntend to be the central hubs of celebrations in New York City.  While the well known Lunar New Year Parade does not occur until Sunday, February 17, Chinatown will still be in celebration mode on the actual Lunar New Year!  On February 5th, a Firecracker and Cultural Ceremony will be occurring in Chinatown!  Appreciate the culture of why we celebrate the Lunar New Year, and let off firecrackers in order to repeal evil spirits and energies from the new year.  

This is a great activity for those who are already involved within the said cultures, and for those who are interested in learning more about the cultural background of this holiday. 

Near Canal Street Station.  Trains: 6, N, Q, R, J


#2  Make Paper Lanterns in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Red Lanterns lunar new year nyc

This event occurs within the Prospect Park Zoo, which could turn into a really fun day trip!  To invite good luck and fair fortune into the Lunar New Year, craft paper lanterns!  All the while, enjoy puppetry and other events within the facility.  After these activities, feel free to explore Prospect Park Zoo, and enjoy a fun day with your friends. 

Take the B or Q train to Prospect Park Station. 


#3  Year of the Pig Celebration in Battery Park City, Manhattan

Lion Dance lunar new year nyc

Located within Brookfield Place, with views of the Hudson River and New Jersey, come celebrate the Year of the Pig!  As the 2019 Lunar New Year is titled as “The Year of the Pig” come celebrate luck and fair fortune!  For this new year, the Pig represents wealth, prosperity, luck, and overall fair fortune!  Sounds like it’s going to be a good year!  At this event, you can watch traditional eastern music and dance, as well as many other performances! 

This event also happens to be walking distance from Pace University’s Downtown Campus, but can also be reached by getting off at Fulton Street Station.  (Trains: 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z)  Or by getting off at World Trade Center (Trains: 1, E, N, R, W).

With these actives in mind, be safe, and enjoy your Lunar New Year!  


With many activities to be done in New York City, you’re set to have a great time.  It’s all part of the joy of studying English here in New York City! 

Here in New York City, there is always something to do. If you partake in any of these activities, make sure to use our hashtag, #ELIatPace, and/or tag us for a chance to be featured on our social media!


Do you want to come to New York to study English?  You can visit the ELI website,  contact the ELI or apply here.


WRITTEN BY OWEN MCGONIGLE