Long Island Lunar New Year events help families usher in the Year of the Rat

A nine-foot lion dance will mark the beginning of the Year of the Rat at the Stony Brook Village Center, children will paint paper lanterns at the Long Island Children’s Museum, and local libraries will offer events as a demonstration of Chinese stunts while Long Island marks the Lunar New Year.

“In Chinese culture, the rat is actually a symbol of fortune, good luck,” says Qun Xie, director of the Confucius Institute, which organizes an event on the campus of Stony Brook University. “We expect a year of harvest. That means it will have a prosperous year.”

Here are the details about a variety of Lunar New Year activities for children and families:

Chinese New Year 2020 celebration

A set of instruments, dance school classes and a choir will act as part of the Lunar New Year festivities organized by the Asian American Advisory Council of Suffolk County. Light refreshments will be served.

WHEN | WHERE 6:30 to 8 p.m. January 23 at the Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook, 3131 Nesconset Hwy., Centereach

INFORMATION Free; 631-471-8000

Art and the lunar new year

Participants will learn Asian brush techniques, paint their Chinese zodiac sign and explore the creation of calligraphy, fish, bamboo and panda. Materials that include rice paper, ink, brush and felt are available for a fee payable to the instructor at the beginning of the class. The class is limited to 12 participants. For ages 8 to 14.

WHEN | WHERE 1 to 3 p.m. January 25 in Art League of Long Island, 107 E. Deer Park Road, Dix Hills

INFORMATION Registration is required; $ 50 per person; Additional material fee of $ 10 if necessary; 631-462-5400; artleagueli.net

A bright new year!

Children can learn about the customs and celebrations involved in the holidays and paint a paper lantern to take home and exhibit. For over 4 years.

WHEN | WHERE 2 p.m. January 26 at the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City

INFORMATION $ 4 with museum admission of $ 14 per person (under 1 free); 516-224-5800; licm.org

Chinese acrobatics traditions

An acrobatic performance by a woman sponsored by the library and the concert series at the Oyster Bay City Library will include hand balancing, turntable, ribbon dancing, and juggling feet. Volunteers will be called on stage to create an impromptu ribbon dance and try to turn the plate, and the audience will learn some basic Chinese phrases. Check other Lunar New Year offers at other local libraries.

WHEN | WHERE 2:30 pm. February 1 at Locust Valley Library, 170 Buckram Road, Locust Valley

INFORMATION Free and open to all, but each attendee must register in advance; 516-671-1837; locustvalleylibrary.org

Chinese New Year 2020 celebration

An authentic Lion Dance Shaolin Kung-Fu, a Kung Fu demonstration, Taiko drums from Manhattan Taiko and a performance from the Long Island Chinese Dance Group are on the agenda for this celebration. A craft activity for children immediately follows the show.

WHEN | WHERE 1 to 3 p.m. February 2 at the Ward Melville Heritage Organization Educational and Cultural Center, Stony Brook Village Center, Main Street on the Harbor

INFORMATION Advance registration is required; $ 15 per adult, $ 12 children under 12 years; 631-689-5888; stonybrookvillage.com

Chinese new year celebration

The event includes demonstrations of Chinese paper cutting and calligraphy, and dance performances, songs and acrobatics.

WHEN | WHERE 4 p.m. February 8 at the Charles B. Wang Center of Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook

INFORMATION Free but early registration is required; Tickets are free upon arrival; 631-632-4400; stonybrook.edu

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