Chinese New Year is the most important of all traditional Chinese holidays and is the longest and most important festivity in the Lunar calendar. Chinese New Year can begin anytime between late January and mid-February. This year, it falls on February 14th and 2010 is the year of the Tiger.
To mark the Chinese New Year in New Haven, Connecticut, there will be a celebration on Sunday, February 21st from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Southern Connecticut State University’s John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts, 501 Crescent Street. The festivities include professional and talented performers that will present traditional Chinese music, Lion dance, dragon dance, folk dancing, martial arts, singing, traditional dance and magic show. Additionally, an art show, huge book fair, CDs, DVDs, Chinese crafts and gifts will be available. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 each. More information can be found at www.ynhchineseschool.org.
In China, however, 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. And on the eve of Chinese New Year, dinner is a feast with families and usually consists of tasty dishes such as pigs, ducks, chicken and sweets. And to top it off, many families end the night with a display of firecrackers.
If you are unable to make a trip to China to celebrate the New Year, attending the celebration in New Haven is the next best thing! For residents of Montoya apartments in Branford, or Seramonte Apartments in Hamden, the commute to New Haven is less than ten minutes. The apartment communities of Seramonte and Montoya are also perfect for students attending Southern Connecticut State University, where the Chinese New Year event will take place.