Chinese New Year Events in Nassau and Suffolk to Celebrate the Year of the Dragon

By Maria Wen Adcock

Chinese New Year is the biggest and longest holiday of the year in China. Chinese New Year begins on January 23 and lasts fifteen days. During this time, families celebrate with traditional foods and decorations to usher in a new year full of fortune and prosperity. Celebrate the Year of the Dragon through a variety of events taking place this month in Long Island.
Chinese Dragons
Open for ages 8 and up, kids can build and paint wooden dragons to celebrate Chinese New Year. Registration requested.
When:
January 21, 2012, 11:00 am-1:30 pm
Where:
Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Avenue, Westhampton Beach NY 11977
How Much:
Free
Contact Info:
631-288-3335
www.westhamptonlibrary.net

Chinese New Year Celebration at Hampton Library
Open to all ages, kids can work on a dragon craft and make red envelopes for good luck. Adults can learn about Chinese traditions and art forms through special guest, George Wei. Enjoy snacks of Chinese dumplings and fortune cookies. Watch “Kung Fu Panda II” until closing time.
When:
January 21, 2012, 2:00-4:45 pm
Where:
Hampton Library, 2478 Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
How Much:
Free
Contact Info:
631 537-0015
www.hamptonlibrary.org

Chinese New Year Celebration at Stony Brook Village Center
Enjoy a lion dance by the Ten Tigers King Fu Academy, listen to the Stony Brook Taiko Drum Ensemble, watch the Spotlight Dance Academy, and participate in fun craft activities. Advanced registration required.
When:
January 29, 2012, 1:30-3:30 pm
Where:
WMHO’s Educational and Cultural Center in the Stony Brook Village Center – 97 Main St, Stony Brook, NY 11790
How Much:
Adults – $10, Seniors and Children under age 12 – $8
Contact Info:
631-689-5888
www.stonybrookvillage.com

Chinese New Year Celebration at The Museum
Learn about Chinese New Year traditions, good luck symbols and more. Try Chinese calligraphy – just grab a paintbrush and learn how to write the word “whale” in Chinese. For ages 5 and up; reservations required.
When:
January 22, 2012, 2:00 pm
Where:
Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor
How Much:
Free with paid admission; members free
Contact Info:
631-367-3418
www.cshwhalingmuseum.org

Chinese New Year Lo-Mein Cupcake Class
Learn to decorate cupcakes to look like Chinese food at this innovative class. Participants will also enjoy a meal of traditional Chinese lo-mein noodles and fortune cookies. For teens and up; reservations required.
When:
January 20, 2012, 7:00-9:15 pm
Where:
The Decorated Dessert, 449 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714
How Much:
$45
Contact Info:
516-939-0079
www.thedecorateddessert.com

Chinese New Year Tai Chi Open House
View traditional Tai Chi forms and push hands practices. Try ancient Qi Gong techniques for spine strength and receive an introduction class in Tai Chi.
When:
January 28, 2012, 1:30-4:45 pm
Where:
Long Island Center for Yoga, 107 East Main Street, Babylon, NY 11702
How Much:
Free
Contact Info:
631-893-5445
www.longislandyoga.com

Kamishibai Storytime
Children ages 6 and up can learn how Chinese New Year began and also discover the folktale behind the Chinese Zodiac through traditional Japanese storytelling.
When:
January 21, 2012, 4:00 pm-5:30 pm and January 23, 2012, 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Where:
Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Avenue, Westhampton Beach NY 11977
How Much:
Free
Contact Info:
631-288-3335
www.westhamptonlibrary.net

 

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