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Happy Lunar New Year 2023 →

Lion dance. The art of calligraphy. A celebration of tradition and community. The Seaport, in partnership with the New York Chinese Cultural Center and the South Street Seaport Museum, invites you to join the neighborhood’s festivities to usher in the Year of the Rabbit.

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Saturday, Jan 21, 2023 – Sunday, Jan 22, 2023

Pier 17, 89 South Street

Multiple Activities. Full schedule to come

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Lion Dance at the Seaport


On Saturday, January 21, a traditional Lion Dance will begin outside of the Tin Building at 12:30pm and wind its way to the Heineken Riverdeck on the north side of Pier 17.

The traditional lion dance is often performed to celebrate Lunar New Year and other festive occasions. The lions parade through crowds and visit storefronts to bring good luck to people and businesses, especially to those who feed them red envelopes.

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Chinese lanterns hung up in New York City

Lunar New Year 101

Honoring family. Festive meals. Performance and tradition. It’s all part of Lunar New Year celebrations — which we’re thrilled to be taking part in this year to mark the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit.

To prepare for the celebrations, the New York Chinese Cultural Center’s executive director, Ying H. Yen, gives us the scoop on the significance of the holiday and its many traditions.

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About the New York Chinese Cultural Center

New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC), a nonprofit cultural and educational institution, is dedicated to deepening the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture through the arts in the global and local communities. NYCCC fulfills its mission by offering professional classes, workshops, and performances while nurturing creative and innovative new works through artist residency programs that reflect the rich cultural heritages and diverse communities of today. Follow NYCCC on Facebook, Instagram, or visit their website.

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