Lunar New Year Celebrations and Activities: The Year of The Horse

BY  |  Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 10:00am

Year of The Horse

The Lunar New Year, aka Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, will be celebrated on Friday, January 31, 2014, and will last for as long as 15 days. This year is the Year of the Horse, and its believed those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands.

You can celebrate this festive holiday with your kids at various events—locally and beyond. You can also learn more about it together by reading some of the many children’s books on the subject. One of my favorite books about the Chinese Zodiac is The Great Race sold by Barefoot Books. It tells how the Chinese zodiac came to be in an exciting way that my kids love. It also shares the characteristics and qualities of the animal signs. Watchung Booksellers has a great collections of Chinese New Year books. Check them out online here. Words Bookstore in Maplewood does too. See their collection here.

Here are ways to ring in the Lunar New Year:

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company Year of the Horse Celebration
 All ages.
What: New Jersey’s acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is a dynamic troupe that finds inspiration in everything from the graceful lines of calligraphy to the thunderous motion of martial arts. This high-energy celebration of the Chinese New Year will spin both traditional and contemporary music and dance into a colorful mélange sure to delight audiences of all ages.
Where: NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ. (Victoria Theater)
When: Saturday, January 25 at 2:00 pm.
Cost: Adults $27, Children $13.

Chinese New Year Story and Craft
Kids in grades 1 – 6
What: Learn about the Chinese language, calligraphy, origami, and hear a story. Presented by GRHS Chinese language students.
Where: Glen Ridge Public Library, 240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ.
When: Wednesday, January 29 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm and Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10:30 am
Cost: Free.

Chinese New Year Drop-in Craft
 Ages 3 and up
What: January 31 is Chinese New Year’s Day. This year’s Zodiac animal is the noble horse. Make your own stand-up horse craft to celebrate! Registration required.
Where: Montclair Public Library, 3rd floor, Montclair, NJ.
When: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 4 pm
Cost: Free

Chinese New Year at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Who: Ages 4 and up
What: Celebrate Chinese New Year and the year of the Horse with the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Learn about this cultural celebration and create a New Year’s party hat to take home.  Check here for calendar and details.
Where: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
When: Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26
Cost: Free with admission of $9 per person.

Korean New Year Family DayKorean New Year Family Day
Who: All ages
What: Celebrate Sŏllal, the Korean New Year, with a day of fun-filled family activities at The Korea Society! Enjoy storytelling based on Korean folk tales and show respect for elders with sebae, the New Year’s bow. Play traditional games, such as yutnori and tuhonori, create masks and other crafts, and sample tasty Korean treats! Unforgettable memories await your family at The Korea Society.
Where: The Korea Society, 950 Third Ave, 8th Floor, NYC
When: Saturday, February 1 at 1 pm and 3 pm
Cost: $25 per family of 3-5 ($5 each additional family member) $10 for individuals

Chinese New Year Celebration
What: Celebrate the “Year of the Horse” with performances of traditional Lion Dance and Chinese martial arts.  Don’t miss a chance to explore masterworks in the exhibiton,Ming to Modern: Elevating the Everyday in Chinese Art
Where: Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ
When: Saturday, February 1 from 1-4 pm
 Free with museum admission.

Family Festival: Gallop into the New Year with MOCA
All ages
What: 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.
Where: The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), 215 Centre Street, NYC
When: Saturday, February 1 from 11 am – 6 pm
Cost: General admission: $10. MOCA Members and Children ages 5 and under: Free.

Chinese New Year Story and Craft
Grades 1 – 6.  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
What: Glen Ridge High School Chinese language students will present a program on Chinese New Year.  Children will have the opportunity to learn some Chinese words, practice calligraphy, origami, and read a story.
Where: Glen Ridge Public Library, 240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ.
When: Saturday, February 1 at 10:30 am
Cost: Free.

Lunar New Year Celebration 2014
Who: Families
What: Celebrate the Year of the Horse with colorful costumed Chinese folk dances, classical and Hip-Hop style Lion Dancing, and hands-on Chinese Arts & Crafts.
Where: Snug Harbor Cultural Center And Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace , Staten Island NY
When: Sunday, February 9  from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Cost: $10

Chinese New Year Celebrations and Activities: The Year of The Dragon!

15th Annual Lunar New Year Parade And Festival
Who: All ages
What: Annual parade and cultural festival
Where: Chinatown, NYC. Check here for location details.
When: Sunday, February 2 beginning at 10 am
Cost: Free

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