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Chinese Lunar New Year Events: 2014 Year of the Horse

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Lunar New Year Parade

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China Institute Lion Dance
China Institute, 125 East 65th Street, 212-744-8181
When: Sunday, February  2, 2014 11 a.m. - noon
Cost: FREE!
Greet the Year of the Dragon with a Lion Dance. This folk tradition is performed by acrobats and martial artists dressed in colorful costumes and accompanied by drums and gongs. This event is very popular and only early arrival can guarantee a good view of the performance. The Lion Dance is held on East 65th Street outside China Institute so prepare for cold weather.

China Institute Lunar New Year Programs For Families!
Where: China Institute, 125 East 65th Street, 212-744-8181
When: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Cost: $40 member/$50 non-member for one child and one adult per workshop
The China Institute will hold dumpling making, calligraphy/couplet making, and paper cutting workshops to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Preparing for the New Year: Walking Tour
Saturdays & Sundays from January 25 - February 9, 2014; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m./1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Where: Begins @ MoCA, Museum lobby at 215 Centre Street (between Grand and Howard Sts)
Fee: $15/person ($8 for museum members); advance registration required. Space is limited.
Lunar New Year is the liveliest and most important celebration in Chinese culture and Chinatown is the place to experience it. MoCA's walking tour takes guests through New York Chinatown to learn about holiday traditions and customs; discover the area's history; and sample a few New Year's treats. Tours are conducted in English and are led by MoCA docents with personal or family roots in the neighborhood. In case of inclement weather, tours will be held in the galleries. For information and reservations please call 212-619-4785.

Family Festival: Gallop into the New Year at MOCA
Saturday, February 1, 2014; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: MoCA - 215 Centre Street
Fee: free with museum admission.
Lots of family-friendly activities, including walking tours, gallery tours, lion dances, readings and crafts.

China New Year Benefit
Where: Cipriani 42nd Street
When: Friday, February 7, 2014 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $6,000 for a reserved table of ten/$600 individual ticket
The Annual China Institute benefit includes a cocktail reception and a banquet style dinner, an awards ceremony, traditional entertainment, the Red Envelope collection and dancing.

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