Though it is celebrate in Winter, Chinese New Year is a Spring festival with family gatherings, house cleanings, gift-giving and firecrackers to scare away evil spirits. It begins on the new moon between January 21 and February 20.
We light firecrackers to scare away evil spirits, but many of the traditions are similar to other New Year celebrations around the world.
Sixth Generation American Families
Our former fake president demonized all things related to China so some Americans have become abusive towards Americans with a Chinese heritage.
Chinese Americans helped build our country. New York’s Chinese communities have been American families for over six generations. Most came to New York City after the outburst of violent racism after Chinese finished building the Transcontinental Railroad through the mountains of California.
Racism in general and racism against Asians is unjust and just plain wrong. We are better than this! Let’s support Chinese New Year in New York’s nine Chinatowns.
Chinese New Year 2021 is the Year of the Ox
Friday, February 12, 2021 ~ People will celebrate at home, but we don’t expect there to be public events this year.
2020 is the Year of the Rat
Saturday, January 25, 2020 ~ The 21st Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival is at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Chinatown, NYC from 11am to 3:30pm. FREE
Please be safe and sane. This cultural ceremony is done with the guidance of the FDNY. It is produced by the Asian American Arts Alliance.