Lu­nar New Year 2017 events from NYC to Dis­ney to Ve­gas

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LIFE - By Beth J. Harpaz

Lu­nar New Year be­gins Jan. 28, kick­ing off the year of the rooster. The holiday is ob­served in China, Viet­nam and other Asian coun­tries, but a num­ber of U.S. des­ti­na­tions from New York to Las Ve­gas also host cel­e­bra­tions. Events in­clude pa­rades fea­tur­ing lion dancers, spe­cial holiday menus at Asian restau­rants, cul­tural fes­ti­vals and more.

Dis­ney Cal­i­for­nia Ad­ven­ture Park in Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia, hosts a Lu­nar New Year cel­e­bra­tion from Jan. 20 through Feb. 5. Mickey Mouse and Min­nie Mouse will be cos­tumed for the oc­ca­sion, greet­ing guests and of­fer­ing photo op­por­tu­ni­ties along­side other Dis­ney char­ac­ters like Mu­lan and Mu­lan’s dragon side­kick Mushu.

Live per­for­mances at Dis­ney Cal­i­for­nia Ad­ven­ture will in­clude Chi­nese ac­ro­bats, dancers and mu­si­cians in col­or­ful cos­tumes, ac­tiv­i­ties and crafts themed on the holiday and three new mar­ket­places of­fer­ing food in­spired by Asian cui­sine. A new short fea­ture called “Hurry Home” will be shown each night prior to the “World of Color” show, telling the story of a lit­tle lan­tern on a jour­ney home for Lu­nar New Year, us­ing pro­jected an­i­ma­tion, light­ing, spe­cial ef­fects and foun­tains. The park will also be dec­o­rated with lanterns and ban­ners wish­ing guests a happy Lu­nar New Year in English, Chi­nese, Korean and Viet­namese. De­tails at http://www.Dis­ney­land. com/Lu­narNewYear.

In New York City, vis­i­tors have three Chi­na­towns to ex­plore: one in down­town Man­hat­tan, one in the Sun­set Park neigh­bor­hood of Brook­lyn and one in Flush­ing, Queens. Check out the restau­rants, food mar­kets and shops sell­ing ev­ery­thing from house­wares to sou­venirs. In Man­hat­tan, holiday events in­clude a Jan. 28 fire­cracker cer­e­mony and cul­tural fes­ti­val in Sara D. Roo­sevelt Park and a Feb. 5 Lu­nar New Year pa­rade kick­ing off at 1 p.m., http:// www.ny­cgo.com/events/lu­nar-new-year-pa­rade-fes­ti­val. There’s also a pa­rade and fes­ti­val in Flush­ing on Feb. 4.

San Fran­cisco has been cel­e­brat­ing Lu­nar New Year with a pa­rade that dates back to the 1860s. This year’s event rolls the even­ing of Feb. 11 with ac­ro­bats, lion dancers, floats and a 268foot dragon, kick­ing off at Sec­ond and Mar­ket streets. Other events in­clude a flower mar­ket fair, Jan. 21-22, and a Feb. 19 5K/10K run-walk.

In Las Ve­gas, Jan. 28 is the kick­off for a 15-day cel­e­bra­tion at Lucky Dragon Ho­tel & Casino, a new re­sort themed on Asian cul­ture. Else­where in Las Ve­gas, at The LINQ Prom­e­nade, a four-day fes­ti­val is sched­uled for Jan. 27-30 in­clud­ing dragon dances at 6 p.m. nightly on the Foun­tain Stage. A Jan. 27-29 “Chi­nese New Year in the Desert” event in­cludes per­for­mances, a pa­rade on Fre­mont Street, a party at Down­town Con­tainer Park and the DragonFest Ben­e­fit Con­cert at The LINQ Theater.

Other Las Ve­gas venues host­ing lion and dragon dances, pa­rades, per­for­mances and more in­clude the Cos­mopoli­tan, ARIA Re­sort & Casino, The Palazzo Las Ve­gas and The Vene­tian Las Ve­gas, MGM Grand Ho­tel and Casino, Palms Casino Re­sort and the Bel­la­gio and Palace Sta­tion. The Con­ser­va­tory & Botan­i­cal Gar­dens at Bel­la­gio will host a dis­play that in­cludes in­cense, red lanterns and a rooster perched atop a moun­tain. The Palazzo’s Wa­ter­fall Atrium and Gar­dens will host a 15-foot, crys­tal­cov­ered rooster and an 18foot dragon. In ad­di­tion, many restau­rants of­fer holiday menus.

Lu­nar New Year pa­rades will also be held in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Jan. 29; Chicago, Feb. 5; and Or­lando, Florida, Feb. 11.

DIS­NEY­LAND RE­SORT — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

This Jan­uary 2016 im­age pro­vided by Dis­ney­land Re­sort shows Mickey Mouse and Min­nie Mouse dressed in red for a Lu­nar New Year cel­e­bra­tion at Dis­ney Cal­i­for­nia Ad­ven­ture Park in Ana­heim The park will cel­e­brate year of the rooster this year from Jan. 20 through Feb. 5 with live per­for­mances, ac­tiv­i­ties, decor, spe­cial food and Dis­ney char­ac­ters dressed for the Lu­nar New Year holiday.

RICHARD DREW — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

In this file photo, a lion dancer is ac­com­pa­nied by a drum­mer and gong dur­ing a Lu­nar New Year cel­e­bra­tion in New York’s Chi­na­town neigh­bor­hood. The 2017 Lu­nar New Year holiday, cel­e­brat­ing the year of the rooster, be­gins Jan. 28.

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