2018 Chinese New Year Parades and Celebrations
- Chinatown Chinese New Year Cracker Show: 2/16 11 am – 3:30 pm, Roosevelt Park in Chinatown
- Flushing Queens Parade: 2/17/2018 at 11 am. From Union Street at 37th Ave. to Main Street, 37th Ave. Flushing Tel. 718-353-2320
- Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade: Lion and Dragon Performance: Sunday 2/25/2018 1pm – 3:30pm, Chinatown Mott Street
Year of the Dog
Born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030, 2042, 2054…
DOG: The Dog will never let you down. Born under this sign you are honest, and faithful to those you love. You are plagued by constant worry, a sharp tongue, and a tendency to be a fault finder, however. You would make an excellent businessman, activist, teacher, or secret agent.
The Chinese Traditional Festivals in the Year of the Dog (2018):
2/16 Chinese New Year
3/2 Lantern Festival
6/18 Dragon Boat Festival
9/24 Mid-Autumn Festival
Chinese New Year Means:
The new Year marks the beginning of the spring, the rebirth of the Earth. The Chinese words for New Year means “spring festival.”
Based on the moon, the Chinese lunar calendar was invented almost five millennia ago by the legendary Emperor Huangdi to help Chinese farmers mark weather changes.
The holiday is celebrated over a two-week period.
What do Chinese do on the New Year Day?
It is a time for family togetherness, and this all begins with the “sweeping of the grounds.” It is a spring cleaning to sweep out the old and evil.
After the spring sweeping comes the bidding of farewell to the Kitchen God. This is the god who presides over the home and gives a report back to heaven on the families’ behavior. The Kitchen God returns on New Year’s Day.
The celebration, which begins on New Year’s Eve, features lavish dishes with symbolic meanings. A whole fish can be found on all tables, because it represents surplus or abundance. Other seafood to be found includes shrimp, which can signify happiness or laughter; oysters, which represent good business, and clams, signifying the opening of new horizons. The meaning of these foods comes from the pronunciation of the words in Chinese.
Red and gold, as you may know, are the favorite colors for the Chinese New Year. Red symbolizes happiness and gold symbolizes wealth. On New Year’s Day, red is the preferred color of clothing; it is believed that it will bring the wearer a bright and sunny future.
In my family, we usually have a big New Year’s Eve dinner, and then preparations for the return of the Kitchen God are made. My mom and grandmother would stay up and wait for the arrival of the Kitchen God. The arrival time depends upon the use of a Chinese forecast book. The time usually occurs in the early morning hours and varies from household to household. This is celebrated with the rest of the family in the morning.
My parents and grandmother would give us a red envelope containing money for good luck. Today, such celebrations in Chinese America have been simplified, but still have a great importance.
(Sourece: Daily News 2/3/2000)