Lunar New Year, celebrated by many in the East and Southeast Asian American communities, falls on February 19 this year, with festivities centering on New York’s Chinatown. On Thursday, kick things
off in Manhattan with the Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival, where hundreds of thousands of explosives will resound in Sara D. Roosevelt Park to ward off bad luck. Flushing rings in the Year
of the Goat with a parade on Saturday.
Expect more fireworks, as well as dragon dancers and steel drummers,
culminating in a cultural festival at the Queens Crossing Mall. Flushing Town Hall, the neighborhood’s premier arts space, hosts a free New Year dance sampler today at 2 p.m., featuring performances from China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Mexico, and the U.S. For Brooklynites,
naturally, there’s a party with a bit of edge. Beloved restaurant Xi’an Famous Foods, which began as a humble noodle stall in a Flushing shopping mall, hosts a concert to raise funds for the nonprofit Apex for Youth. Tonight at the Music Hall of
Williamsburg, the lineup features Chinese and Asian-American hip-hop, pop, and folk musicians. And don’t forget Manhattan’s traditional Lunar New Year parade at 1 p.m., which will begin at Canal and Mott streets and wind its way down East Broadway and Eldridge Street. Always an elaborate procession, this edition’s will feature marching bands, lion and dragon dances, costumed performers atop floats, and plenty of food stalls. Brace yourself for the crush of onlookers with traditional good-luck foods, like noodles for longevity.

Sun., Feb. 22, 1 p.m., 2015