Lunar New Year

In Response to New Public School Holidays, Margaret Chin Calls for Lunar New Year Consideration

Posted March 5, 2015 at 5:16 am

With the year of the Ram/Sheep/Goat having just begun, Councilwoman Margaret Chin is still fighting for the Lunar New Year. Earlier this week, Mayor de Blasio announced that the Muslim holidays of Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha are now considered official Public School Holidays (i.e. days off). While acknowledging the news, Chin, for her part, […]


Parading in the Chinatown Streets for the Year of the Ram [PHOTOS]

Posted February 23, 2015 at 10:00 am

A mild Sunday, yesterday was a total slushfest, and just in time for the sixteenth annual Lunar New Year parade. The streets of Chinatown were bogged down by a colorful confetti soup, yet didn’t deter the masses from descending upon the area to partake in the festivities for the year of the Ram. The usual […]

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State Senate Passes Bill to Push Lunar New Year School Holiday

Posted May 16, 2014 at 11:10 am

New York City school children are one leap closer to having an additional day off. Local politicians continue applying pressure for the Department of Education to recognize the observance of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Earlier this week, the New York State Senate approved the bill that would require the DOE to close schools if the holiday […]

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Parading in the Chinatown Street for the Year of the Horse [PHOTOS]

Posted February 3, 2014 at 10:29 am

Since 1999, the Better Chinatown Society has been organizing the annual Lunar New Year parade in the streets of Chinatown. Yesterday afternoon was the fifteenth year running and crowded as ever. The attendance estimate usually hovers around the half-million mark, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the number was higher this time. After all, it […]

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Political Support for Lunar New Year School Holiday Gains Momentum

Last modified January 30, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Kids throughout New York City are one step closer to an extra school year holiday. Today, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Assemblyman Ron Kim will publicly vocalize their support for legislation to allow NYC to close schools in honor of the Lunar New Year. Truancy has been a real problem during […]

Parading in Chinatown for the Year of the Snake [PHOTOS]

Posted February 18, 2013 at 10:25 am

For the fourteenth year running, Chinatown bustled with song and dance to celebrate the Chinese lunar new year of the Snake.

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Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Snake

Posted February 4, 2013 at 10:25 am

Out flies the dragon, in slithers the snake. The Chinese New Year is swiftly approaching, falling this year next Sunday, February 10.

Margaret Chin Endorses Lunar New Year School Holiday

Posted April 18, 2012 at 10:19 am

City Councilmember Margaret Chin endorses the effort, and is introducing a new resolution later today to support the new school holiday.

Scenes from the Chinese New Year Parade

Posted January 30, 2012 at 6:18 am

This is dedicated to the true host of the annual Chinese New Year parade, Chinatown itself. Photos after the jump!

The Dragon Lanterns of Hester Playground

Posted January 23, 2012 at 10:12 am

The lanterns have arrived in Sara D. Roosevelt Park on this, the Chinese lunar year of the dragon.