Top Ways To Celebrate Lunar New Year In Connecticut

January 25, 2013 8:00 AM

(credit: Julian Ungano/Getty Images)

(credit: Julian Ungano/Getty Images)

(credit: Julian Ungano/Getty Images)

Whether you are a Rat or Rabbit, Dragon or Snake, Lunar New Year is a fun and exciting Chinese holiday as well as the most significant of the year. Explore the history of the celebration with your children through the power of a good storybook or attend one of the cultural celebrations for an adult or family experience. Whatever you choose, it is easy to unlock the mystery and enjoy the experience here in Connecticut.

11th Annual Chinese New Year Festival

Chinese Language School Of Connecticut
Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
1 1st Stamford Place
Stamford, CT 06820
(866) 301-4906

Date: Jan. 27 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Chinese Language School of Connecticut, a strong presence in the Chinese community, once again celebrates the biggest cultural event of the year with the 11th Annual Chinese New Year Festival. Featuring a Chinese buffet, live music and time-honored traditions such as fan and ribbon dancing, the lion dance and, of course, the dragon dance, this is an event as packed with entertainment as it is with culture. Rounding out the festivities will be tai chi, arts and crafts and so much more.

“Bringing in the New Year”
Written by Grace Lin

If you are looking for a way to introduce younger children to the wonders of a holiday filled with so many layers of tradition, “Bringing in the New Year” is a tool designed to do just that. Following the preparations of one particular family, the book explains each step in the journey. The author draws on her own family’s experiences, making it a very personal and heartfelt story. From housekeeping to food and fireworks to the star of every parade, the dragon itself, this book will educate and delight.

“Story of the Chinese Zodiac”
Written by Monica Chang

According to legend, a race was held to determine the order in which the animals would place in the Chinese Zodiac. “Story of the Chinese Zodiac,” with its bilingual text and exquisite paper-cut illustrations, will entertain and engage a child’s imagination. Whether at home or in a classroom, this book is a useful tool. Having text in two languages is not only useful for learning the Chinese language, it also allows for adults who may not be fluent in English to bond with and read aloud to children in their native tongue.

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Chinese New Year Celebration
Elmwood Community Senior Center
1106 New Britain Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06110
(860) 561-8180

Date: Feb. 11 at 1 p.m.

Join the fun in a festive atmosphere at the Elmwood Community Senior Center. Enjoy food from China Pan as well as live entertainment. Take the opportunity to browse the art display and watch the watercolor painting demonstration. This is sure to be a pleasant way to celebrate the most important Chinese cultural event of the year. Advance registration by February 8 is required and transportation is available to West Hartford residents.

Chinese Culture Center Annual Meeting and Gala Show
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley St.
New Britain, CT 06053

Date: Jan. 26 from 2 p.m to 5 p.m.

The Chinese Culture Center is a driving force in sharing and preserving Chinese history. As in years past, the Chinese Culture Center will be holding its annual event which is rich in original expression of the traditional celebration. Featuring skits, music, acrobats and theatrical performances fueled by the talents of its members, this is sure to be an afternoon filled with surprises and memorable moments. For further information, email

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Theodora DeBarbieri is an animal advocate, columnist and local TV show host residing in Connecticut. She is owned by a number of dogs, cats and birds. Her work can be found at

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