The Chinese New Year in Albuquerque is welcomed with dragon dances, firecrackers and other harbingers of good luck. The annual event at the Chinese Cultural Center features dances, fireworks and more. This year, 2016, is the year of the Monkey, and the New Year begins on Monday, February 8.
2016 is the year of the Red Monkey. The monkey is the 9th animal in the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. According to Chinese horoscopes, monkey contains metal and water.
Metal is connected to gold, and water is connected to wisdom and danger. The year may therefore deal with more financial matters.
In China, this time of year is cold as the natural world hovers near spring. New Year Day is the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese culture is a long and deep one, and the rich traditions associated with this event are worth seeing.
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Chinese Culture Center
427 Adams SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
The Chinese Culture Center near Nob Hill puts on a show involving Kung Fu and Tai Chi demonstrations, lion and dragon dances and a firecracker finale. Adult and children who are martial arts students at the center put on the show, led by Sifu Lin. There will be ribbon dances, sword demonstrations and mock martial arts fights.
The celebration becomes better known with each year, so if you plan to go, go early.
If you need a seat, getting there early is a must. Seats are set up only in the front entry area, so most visitors stand. It's well worth seeing, especially the children, who dress in dragon and lion costumes, perform Kung Fu moves, and wander the stage as little monkeys. The drumming and firecrackers at the end bring in the new year with a bang.
For our family, seeing this show is an annual tradition. The event is free.
When: February 7 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
88 Louisiana Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
505 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM
Ta Lin market in Albuquerque's International District is one of our family's favorite places to shop. They have many items if you decide to have your own Chinese New Year celebration, from posters to candies to trinkets for the kids. Talin now has a store in Santa Fe.
Ta Lin will have lion dance performances at the front of its stores in celebration of Chinese New Year. Dates for celebrations to be announced.
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