Lunar New Year Celebrations Coming Up

Local libraries and other institutions are planning ways to recognize and celebrate the Lunar New Year in February.

Asian communities around the world are celebrating the Year of the Dragon, considered an especially auspicious year to be born because the astrological animal is thought to be powerful and a sign of good fortune and prosperity. The astrological calendar also uses  natural elements–earth, wood, fire, metal, and water–making 2024 the year of the Wood Block Dragon.

The holiday will be celebrated starting Feb. 10, and continue for 15 days.

Here are a few of the events around Huntington and beyond.

Feb. 3 

Heckscher Museum. Free family event to celebrate and learn about Lunar New Year with a focus on Chinese culture. Meet artist Joan Kim Suzuki, see her artwork inspired by her Korean heritage, and create a Korean drum and fan. Enjoy beautiful traditional Chinese dances by Wendi Weng. Join members of the Town of Huntington Asian-American Task Force Hansen Lee and Patricia Shih. Create origami with Lee and learn about Chinese culture with Shih’s Mobile Museum of authentic (and some replicate) artifacts of history, art, culture, and more.  12-5 p.m. No advance registration but space is limited.

Lunar New Year Dance at the Half Hollow Hills Library.  Performed by professional dancers from Dance China NY, enjoy the beauty of Chinese dance with full costume and authentic music. In cooperation with the HHH Diversity Council.  From 2-3:15 p.m.

All ages, district residents only. Registration for this event is  open from Jan. 30 starting at 10 a.m. until Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. Presented by New York Chinese Cultural Center.

The program will be in the Lecture Hall at 55 Vanderbilt Parkway.

Feb. 4

The South Huntington Public Library will be the site of a special Lunar New Year performance to showcase traditional Chinese culture and artistry. The performance features a  including a lion dance that symbolizes warding off evil spirits and ushering in prosperity. Martial arts demonstrations highlight discipline and precision, while traditional music and dance routines highlight centuries of Chinese heritage. 2:30-4 p.m.

Feb. 11

Storytime at the Huntington Public Library, with author Maria Wen Adcock, author of It’s Chinese New Year, Curious George. Learn about Chinese New Year, make a craft, and listen to the book. 2-3 p.m. Register.
Vanderbilt Museum hosts a visit to the wildlife dioramas,with the opportunity to learn Chinese calligraphy and make a decoration that bring good luck all year, from 10 a.m.-noon. Tickets.

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