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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year NYC © Jeffery DelViscio
Chinese New Year NYC © Jeffery DelViscio

A must-see on the opening day of the Chinese New Year celebrations, the city's Chinatown is the biggest in the United States. Performances dance in the streets in colourful costumes, preceding a great parade of dragon floats. With over 200 restaurants, celebrations are sure to be huge and business buzzing. There are interesting tidbits to note such as eating a whole fish to represent togetherness and abundance, and not chopping one's noodles as they represent long life. Colours are important at New Year too, with the luckiest being red, orange, yellow, gold, and pink. Black and white are unlucky.

Venue: Starting at Mott and Hester Street

Date: 12 February

Website: www.chinatown-online.com