Local NJ Chinese New Year Events to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Posted on: January 6th, 2020 by

 

Celebrate The Year of the Rat (Lunar New Year) with these Local Chinese New Year Events

 

Saturday January 25, 2020 is Chinese New Year!

Maybe you don’t know how to celebrate Chinese New Year … well don’t miss out! It’s a fun, vibrant, 2 week long celebration and Jersey Family Fun is your resource for local Chinese New Year events all over New Jersey.

 

Before you start – know that 2020 is the year of the rat; it’s the year 4718 in the Lunar New Year. Chinese New Year animals take on a lot of significance in these events each year. Each year the dragon is an important part of Chinese New Year Celebrations. It symbolizes, strength, benevolence, strength and good fortune. Incorporate the dragon and the rat into your fun and find some Chinese New Year crafts your children can do to get them excited for the events.

 

Coloring a dragon fan for a Chinese New Year Event in New Jersey at Rahway Library

 

Chinese New Year Events in New Jersey

Visit one of the following New Jersey libraries for FREE Chinese New Year Events

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit one of these other Chinese New Year Events in New Jersey

Celebrate the Chinese Lunar Year or Chinese New Year traditions at the Zoo or a Museum .. or even the arboretum!

  • Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit, January 23, 2020, 4:00 – 5:30 PM, $25/person non members. Come celebrate the Chinese New Year with crafts and stories commemorating the Year of the Rat! Registration is required. For more information visit their site here or call 908-273-8787.

 

  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, Short Hills, January 19, 2020, 12 PM and 2 PM, $8/person. Join the CHA and the Chinese Association of Millburn-Short Hills as they shake off the winter blues and celebrate the Lunar New Year by following the lion through the woods. Be prepared to make some noise and welcome spring with games, trivia, crafts, and stories. For more information visit their site here or call 973-376-3587.

 

New York Chinese New Year Events

Visit one of these other Chinese New Year Events in New York

  • China Institute, Manhattan, February 2, 2020, 12 PM, FREE. Kick off the Year of the Rat with China Institute’s signature Lunar New Year Celebration for families. The festival opens with a lion dance followed by New Year-themed workshops and activities including dumpling making, lantern-making, educational workshops, interactive storytelling, paper cutting, New Year treats, crafts, and a special Year of the Rat puppet show by Chinese Theatre Works. For more information visit their site here or call 212-744-8181.

 

  • Museum of Chinese in America, Manhattan, February 1, 2020. $12/person. Enjoy zodiac arts & crafts, lively dance performances, festive snacks, and timeless tales inspired by Chinese and Chinese American New Year’s traditions. For more information visit their site here or call 855-955-MOCA.

 

Watch a Chinese New Year parade or fireworks!

No Chinese New Year parades that we could find in New Jersey, but head across the Hudson for the following:

 

 

NJ Chinese New Year Celebrations

Linden HS students performing a dragon dance

 

We are updating as we find more Chinese New Year events, celebrations, parades, and festivals. Check back often!

 

Not ready to dive into Chinese New Year festivities? Start slow and take your family out for some dim sum or traditional Chinese food but be sure to crack open some fortune cookies.

 

Yummy food at our favorite Chinese/Polynesian restaurant for our NJ Chinese New Year traditions!

6 thoughts on “Local NJ Chinese New Year Events to Celebrate Lunar New Year

  1. Angelina Capalbo says:

    Play City in Weehawken has a free storytime today at 3:30pm and we are celebrating Chinese New Year with a book and craft.

    • Jennifer A. says:

      Thank you so much for letting us know. However, it was too short notice for us to include it on our calendar of events. – Jenn

  2. Annette Tsang says:

    There appears to be a typo posted on January 18 – it should be Year of the Rooster (not monkey) Chinese New Year January 28, 2017
    Thanks.

  3. Donna says:

    Will you be doing another list for 2016? Thanks.

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