The Chinese New Year 4711 starts on Sunday, February 10th. This is the first of 15 days of celebration and the start of the Year of the Snake. The Chinese New Year 2013 is expected to usher in business prosperity. As the Snake is known for his inward cunning and cleverness, we can expect this year to be one where deep thinking and quick reactions to change are the order of the day.
The Chinese New Year celebration always includes a traditional Lion and Dragon dance. It is one of the most anticipated events of the holiday. Lions and Dragons are considered good luck according to Chinese traditions. Dragons are frightening in appearance and yet benevolent in character. They are believed to possess supernatural powers and are capable of bringing good luck, life-giving rain, fertility, dignity and wisdom. It is also the symbol of imperial authority.
At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children "lucky money" in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away bad luck.
Chinese New Year is really about spending time with family, gift giving and, the all important, food-fest. Make your reservations at these local restaurants who will celebrating with dinner and dancing.
730 Franklin Avenue, Garden City (516) 742-1116
416 Route 25A, St. James (631) 862-6030
1191 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset (516) 365-9898
Albert's Mandarin Gourmet
269 New York Avenue, Huntington (631) 673-8188
3601 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown (516) 579-4700
3342 Jerusalem Avenue, Wantagh (516) 221-0480
Locations in Garden City and Massapequa Park
101 W. Main Street, Babylon (631) 422-6505
623 Hicksville Road, Bethpage (516) 822-1010
769 Middle Country Road St. James (631) 265-8585
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