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Lunar New Year
Plenty of ways to celebrate Lunar New Year in Queens
BY WILLIAM HARRIS
It’s been over three weeks since the
ball dropped to start off the new year.
However, in a few weeks, the entire borough
of Queens, along with the rest of the
city will be hearing the sound of fi reworks
Feb. 16 starts the Asian Lunar New
Year. Over the next month, Queens has
many events in store for the people to celebrate
the “Year of the Dog.”
On Saturday, Feb. 3, the celebration
will kick off with the Forest Hills Asian
Association (FHAA) hosting a wide range
of performances. Th e event will showcase
singing and dancing groups from the
Austin Senior Center with special guest
Ying Tang as well as a Chinese chi tai
You can take part in this event at the
Forest Hills Library, located at 108-19
71st Ave., Forest Hills. Th e event is free
and open to the public and will start at
2:30 p.m. You can RSVP by visiting the
FHAA’s Facebook page.
Th e following day, on Sunday, Feb. 4,
from 1 to 4:30 p.m., the Queens Museum
(New York City Building, Flushing
Meadows-Corona Park) will be hosting
its own Lunar New Year celebration.
For the fourth consecutive year, the New
York Cultural Center will showcase a
couple of one-hour workshops that will
include a visual arts demonstration and
a performance program, featuring professional
artists and students. Guests can
also enjoy folk dances, traditional arts and
craft s, and a lantern-making workshop.
For any questions regarding this event,
About a week before the Lunar New
Year is offi cial, Flushing Town Hall (137-
35 Northern Blvd., Flushing) will be hosting
a two-day celebration on Saturday,
Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 11.
Th e Feb. 10 program includes the
fourth annual Chinese New Year Bazaar.
A parade will leave from the Flushing
Library (41-17 Main St., Flushing) at 9:30
a.m. and will include live performances,
traditional craft s and fusion foods.
Flushing Town Hall will then host on
Feb. 11 a traditional performance of the
Hui and Huangmei Opera. Th e opera
includes folk songs and classic dances
from a 2,000-year tradition.
Th e biggest event of the Lunar New
Year celebration is the Flushing Lunar
New Year’s parade, which is scheduled
for Saturday, Feb. 17. Similar to most of
the events, the parade will have Chinese
traditional dancing, fl oats and spirited
costumes. Spectators are allowed to bring
signs and banners to show their support.
Th e parade starts at 11 a.m. from the
corner of Union Street and 37th Avenue.
A pre-parade reception will also be hosted
by the Greater Flushing Chamber of
Commerce from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St.
George’s Episcopal Church, 135-32 38th
Ave. Th e reception is free and will include
hot coff ee for those who come. For more
information, call 646-820-5163.
The Flushing Lunar New Year parade takes place on Feb. 17.