As the year of the Snake slithered upon us during the blizzard last weekend, this February, people are more excited than ever to fire up this year with a series of wonderful events to show their holiday spirit.
The Lunar New Year celebration has become one of the biggest celebrations in New York City, and on Feb. 10, Asian Americans in neighborhoods like Flushing will be out and about to take part in the festivities.
Flushing is home to one of the largest Eastern Asian populations in New York City, namely the Chinese and Korean community. Every year during this time, the community hosts a series of fun-filled activities, along with its key attraction, the Lunar New Year Parade.
This year is the parade’s 17th anniversary, and over 4,000 participants are expected to show up, along with a number of other holiday-themed events going on all over the city.
The parade will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16, starting from Union Street and 39h Avenue at 11:00 a.m., and it will end at Main Street and 39th Avenue around 1:00 pm.
After watching the parade out in the cold, what’s better than enjoying some live performances indoors?
The Queens Crossing Mall, located at 136-17 39th Ave., will have a series of food stands and activities that would capture the hearts of both young and old. From traditional Chinese snacks to word guessing games, there is something fun for everyone in the family to enjoy.
If you are lucky, maybe you’ll see one of the dragon dancers up close!
The celebration takes place at Korea Village; located at 150-24 Northern Blvd. at 150th Street, where participants can try authentic Korean dishes, play games, learn a few moves of martial arts and even show their singing skills by participating in the karaoke contest.
The Queens Botanical Garden will host a lantern-making workshop, where the whole family can learn how to create their own unique paper lanterns, a good luck symbol for the Chinese New Year holiday. The workshop will start at 1:00 p.m., right after the parade ends. The Botanical Garden is located at 43-50 Main St, leaving more than enough time to make arrive after the parade.
Their full day celebration will include Chinese and Korean food, entertainment; along with arts and crafts for the whole family. The library is located at 41-17 Main St. at Kissena Blvd., however there is limited availability for this first-come, first-serve event.
With so many exciting activities on the way, it’s hard not to love the Lunar New Year.