10 Lunar New Year events to celebrate Year of the Rooster
by Jennifer Khedaroo
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Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar at Flushing Town Hall
Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar at Flushing Town Hall
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The first day of the Lunar New Year is slated for Saturday, January 28. This multi-day holiday allows you to celebrate the powerful Year of the Rooster within the next couple of weeks. Eat delicious foods and learn about the various Asian cultures with these Queens and Brooklyn events.

Bensonhurst Lunar New Year Celebration - Saturday, January 28 - 12 p.m. - New Utrecht Public Library, 1743 86th St., Bensonhurst - The Brooklyn Public Library and Chinese Theatre Works will celebrate the Year of the Rooster with traditional Chinese music, ribbon and lion dancing, famous Chinese opera numbers among other activities. The event will be presented in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing - It’s Flushing Town Hall’s third annual Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar. Come and experience how people in China have celebrated the Lunar New Year in temple fairs over the years. Bring your family to enjoy performances, martial arts, crafts, and food to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. The Temple Bazaar is offered in two sessions. Your ticket admits you to the timed session of your choice. Get your tickets before it’s too late! Plus, join the dragon parade at Flushing Library at 9:30 am.

*Additional events: Rooster Shadow Puppet Workshop - Sunday, February 5 at 1 p.m. and Lunar New Year Shadow Puppet Slam (Adults only) on Friday, February 17 at 7 p.m.

Flight - Saturday, January 28 - 7:30 p.m. - Kumble Theater at Long Island University, DeKalb Avenue and Flatbush Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn - The 2017 Lunar New Year begins on January 28, celebrated by Asian communities the world over. Enjoy an exciting diversion from the dreary winter. See FLIGHT, a new kind of performance to mark this celebratory time. FLIGHT is an Afro-Asian fusion dance performance by Peggy Choy Dance, the innovative New York-based dance company.

Brooklyn Lunar New Year Parade - Sunday, January 29 - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m - Parade starts at Eighth Avenue and 50th Street in Sunset Park

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Sunset Park with a parade and free performances. A fun family outing whatever your ethnicity. The parade is organized by the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association, a community service organization founded in 1987.

Lunar New Year Celebration - Wednesday, February 1 - 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center, 93-29 Queens Boulevard, Rego Park

Join us the Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center as they ring in Lunar New Year with a day of performances, demonstrations, singing, dancing, and refreshments!

Chinese New Year with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company - Wednesday, February 1 and Thursday, February 2 - 10:30 a.m. - Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing - Usher in the new year of the Rooster with a performance by the world renowned Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. Acrobatic dancers with colorful costumes and musicians playing ancient melodies fill the stage with eye-popping jumps and splits in a-not-to-missed extravaganza. $8 per person.

Flushing Lunar New Year Parade - Starting at 10 am; Parade begins at 11 am - Union Street and 37th Avenue, Flushing - Celebrate 2017, the Year of the Rooster, by marching in the famous Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing -- the most diverse and dynamic community in the United States! Meet up with the Flushing Chamber (39-01 Main Street, Suite 511) between 10:00AM and 11:00AM for some hot coffee and donuts ... then, we'll head off to the parade site together. The parade lasts approximately an hour; please make sure to dress warmly and in layers; feel free to bring your own signs and banners. Afterwards, enjoy the diverse culture and amazing food in the community. Plus, stop by the Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main Street) to celebrate the Year of the Rooster with holiday-themed crafts for kids.

Walking Tour: Photograph Downtown Flushing - Flushing Lunar New Year Parade - Saturday, February 4 - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Starting at Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing - Bring your camera and join photographer Vikram Dogra as he explores the urban landscape of Downtown Flushing during the annual Flushing Lunar New Year Parade. $5 per person.

Lunar New Year Celebration - Saturday, February 4 - Sunday, February 5 - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th Street, Corona - Come celebrate the year of the rooster at the Queens Zoo with puppet show performances, crafts, a self-guided scavenger hunt, fortune cookies, and a calligraphy workshop!

Lunar New Year Dance - Sunday, February 5 - 12 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. - The Shops at SkyView Center, 40-24 College Point Boulevard, Flushing - Come experience Norman Chin's Southern Praying Mantis Lion Dance Team, one of the most unique lion dance troupes in the New York City region, performing in traditional style on Level D. The family-friendly performance is free of charge.

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