2014 New Year Festivities for Families

CelebrASIA NYC is a collaboration among leading cultural institutions in New York City designed to introduce children to Asian festivals and themes. Children are invited to ring in many Asian New Years from January to March by participating in hands-on workshops and programs at Japan Society, Museum of the Chinese in America, The Korea Society, Asia Society, China Institute, Flushing Town Hall and the Rubin Museum of Art.

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CelebrASIA Header 2014 New Year Festivities for Families

Japan Society

Japan's New Year's Day
Celebration: Oshogatsu

Sunday, January 26
Festival: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Taiko Drumming Session I: 2:00 pm
Taiko Drumming Session II: 3:00pm

Celebrate Japan’s New Year’s holiday at Japan Society’s annual Oshogatsu event and join us for many traditional New Year’s activities. Families and children can watch live taiko drumming and accompanying lion dancing (shishi-mai), followed by a brief taiko session (taiko performances will begin at 2 pm and 3 pm.)  Enjoy rice pounding (mochi-tsuki), calligraphy (kakizome), kite(tako)-making, a funny face game (fukuwarai) and top spinning (koma-mawashi). Recommended for all ages.

Tickets: For festival and one (1) taiko drumming session (session I or session II): $15/$8 Japan Society members; children ages 2 or under free. Corporate and individual member families may purchase tickets at the discounted price. Buy tickets online or call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258

Museum of Chinese
in America

Gallop into the New Year with MOCA!

Saturday, February 1
11:00am – 4:00 pm


Join us for a Lunar New Year celebration to usher in the Year of the Horse. Visitors of all ages are invited to MOCA's popular annual family festival to celebrate Chinese cultural traditions and the arts. Enjoy an awe-inspiring lion dance performance and workshop, make rattle drums and learn paper folding, embark on storytelling journeys, participate in zodiac-themed arts-and-crafts activities, and sway along with Chinatown's Red Silk Dancers.

Tickets: $10/person, Free for MOCA members, Children Under 2, and Cool Culture Families.

The Korea Society

Family Day:
Korean New Year

Saturday, February 1
Session I: 1:00 pm
Session II: 3:00 pm


Celebrate Sŏllal, the Korean New Year, with a day of fun-filled family activities at The Korea Society! Enjoy storytelling based on Korean folk tales and practice sebae, the New Year’s bow, to show respect for elders. Play traditional games such as yutnori and tuhonori, create masks and other crafts, and sample tasty Korean treats! Unforgettable memories await your family at The Korea Society.

Tickets: Members $25 per family of 3-5 ($5 each additional family member), $10 for individuals

Non-members $30 per family of 3-5 ($10 each additional family member), $15 for individuals

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Asia Society

Family Day: Moon Over Manhattan!
Saturday, February 1
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Family Day: Spring Into Norouz! Celebrate the Persian New Year
Saturday, March 15
1:00 – 4:00 pm

Family Day: Moon over Manhattan! Celebrate the Lunar New Year Celebrate the Year of the Horse!
Asia Society rings in the Year of the Horse with performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia.

Family Day: Celebrate the Persian New Year
Norouz, the Persian New Year, marks the beginning of spring. Discover the spirit of Norouz with traditional music, dance and crafts from Central Asia and Iran.

Tickets: $5 students, seniors, children; $7 members (Dual Family members FREE); $12 nonmembers. Tickets available the day of event

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China Institute

Chinese New Year
Celebration: The Year
of the Horse

Sunday, February 2
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm

(11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

Kick off the Year of the Horse with a free lion dance and kung fu demonstration in front of China Institute. Following the lion dance, join our New Year-themed workshops and activities inside China Institute, including gallery tours of our newest exhibit Inspired by Dunhuang: Re-Creation in Contemporary Chinese Art. Food and beverages will be served.

Gallery Tour and Reception  – All Ages

- Dumpling Making Workshop - Gallery Tour and Calligraphy Workshop I (12:30 - 1:30 p.m.)

- Paper Cutting Workshop - Gallery Tour and Calligraphy Workshop II (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.)

Tickets: Prices vary per activity. Please visit our website for more details.

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flushing town hall

Lunar New Year Family Workshops


Sundays, February 2-16



Welcome in the Year of the Horse with hands-on workshops at Flushing Town Hall! You will learn more about different Asian cultures and create a one-of-a-kind art piece to take home.

Korean Masking Making - Sunday, February 2, 1:00pm

Make Your Wish on Korean Hanji - Sunday, February 9, 1:00pm

Calligraphy on Chinese Silk Fan - Sunday, February 16, 3:00pm

Tickets: $10/8 Members & Children (Materials Included)

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Rubin Museum of Art

Losar Family Day: Himalayan New Year Celebration
Saturday, March 8
12:00 – 4:00 pm


Celebrate Losar, the Himalayan New Year with a day or art, crafts, food, and music at the Rubin Museum of Art! Watch as a master artist creates a sand mandala and contribute to a giant collaborative mandala in the theater. Go on gallery tours and enjoy traditional music performances throughout the day. Construct colorful butter sculptures and sip Himalayan butter tea in the art studio.


Tickets: $10 per child; Discount for children of individual members; Free for Dual/Family members and above; Adults pay regular admission fees. Free for children under 1 year and Cool Culture members.


Japan Society

333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017

Museum of Chinese
in America

215 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013

The Korea Society

950 Third Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10022

Asia Society

725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

China Institute

125 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Flushing Town Hall

137-35 Northern Blvd
Flushing, NY 11354

Rubin Museum
of Art

150 West 17th Street
New York NY 10011


Additional Information

To order tickets, contact the sponsoring organization using the information above. Members of all participating organizations receive discounts for all CelebrASIA events. To receieve this discount, please contact your institution for the promotional code when purchasing tickets online or present your membership card when purchasing tickets at each venue.

All programs are subject to change.

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