Celebrating Lunar New Year in Brooklyn

Though celebrations have already kicked off for Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, today is the official calendar holiday. Annual events for the New Year are spread out because the holiday is not only celebrated on the one date. To learn more about this holiday, also called Spring Festival, click here.

New York consists of the largest amount of Chinese-Americans. Everyone has heard of Chinatown in Manhattan but that neighborhood is small compared to the lesser-known Chinatowns in Brooklyn (Sunset Park) and Queens (Flushing). Sunset Park currently has the largest number of Chinese-American residents so you can imagine that Brooklyn is the place to be to celebrate this colorful festival! Read more about the festivites in Sunset Park below and in the article via the Brooklyn Reporter.

This year, on Sunday, February 18, the festivities will begin at 11 a.m. at the grandstand at Eighth Avenue and 50th Street, with performances and cultural activities. Then at noon, the opening ceremony will be held. Attendees can expect similar festivities as have occurred in past years such as appearances by community leaders as well as public and elected officials, a fireworks display, a traditional lion dance, a Kung-Fu demonstration, and performances by children in public school and day care programs.

A whopping 50,000 spectators are expected to attend the celebration.

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