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Celebrating Chinese New Year in Connecticut

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Connecticut

Chinese New Year Chinese New Year is a great way to celebrate Chinese culture, whether you’re of Chinese heritage or not. In China, the two-week long New Year’s celebration features traditional dances, feasts andfireworks. The celebration’s emphasis is on honoring one’s family and beginning the New Year with good fortune. Here in Stamford, Branford and Norwalk, there are many ways to usher in the Chinese New Year with your friends, family, or kids.

  • On Sunday, February 3, the Chinese Language School of Connecticut will be hosting the 16th Annual New Year’s Celebration. This event features authentic Chinese food and music and offers demonstrations and workshops for all age groups. They even perform the popular Dragon Dance. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 for adults and $30 for children.
  • Try making Chinese food at your CTBest apartment. The Oriental Food Market in Norwalk has a phenomenal selection of Chinese and Asian groceries. Lucky foods such as Shrimp Dumplings, Steak with Bok-Choi, Shanghainese Pork Buns, filets of fish with fresh ginger and scallions, and New Year rice cakes are just a few examples of dishes to serve for the year of the EarthDog.
  • In case a home-made Chinese meal doesn’t turn out quite as planned, check out one of Fairfield Counties most popular Chinese restaurants. A great option is Kam Pei in Stamford. They offer authentic and delicious Japanese and Chinese cuisine at affordable prices.
  • If you’re up for a weekend drive, The Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Dog takes place later in the month on February 24 at Met Museum, about an hour away from Stamford. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be performances, interactive gallery activities, artist-led workshops for all ages and more!
  • Don’t forget to decorate your apartment with paper lanterns that are fun and easy to make! Follow these simple directions and decorate your home for the holiday.

This year, Chinese New Year begins on February 16th and ends March 2nd. The zodiac sign for the year is The Dog, which is also associated with the earthly branch. In China, dogs are often named Wàng Cái, meaning prosperous wealth and it comes from the dogs barking sounds.

In China, New Year celebrations are marked by visits to family and friends, and new clothes are worn to mark the New Year. The color red is used in decorations which may include paper cutouts hung on doors and windows. It is also common for families to thoroughly clean house, to sweep away any bad luck in hopes to make way for good incoming luck. Traditionally, kids would be given red envelopes stuffed with ‘lucky money’ and positive wishes on New Year’s Day. Some teens now have red envelope apps, so their relatives can transfer cash digitally.

If you are unable to make a trip to China to celebrate the New Year, attending the celebration in Stamford, Branford or Norwalk is the next best thing! Contact us today at 203-223-1665 or visit us online at www.CTBestApts.com to see available listings.

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