Cock-a-doodle-doo: Ringing in the 2017 Lunar New Year in Cleveland
We love to celebrate with all of our friends at Night Market Cleveland, especially during the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, commonly referred to as the Chinese New Year in the United States. In 2017, this falls between Saturday, January 28th and Wednesday, February 15th. Celebrations usually conclude with a Lantern Festival.
During this time of year families customarily honor their ancestors, reunite with far-flung family, and celebrate popular themes of prosperity and good fortune. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster, an independent, energetic, and honest sign in the Chinese zodiac. Roosters love to dress up and show off their plumage, so put on your finest duds and honor this many centuries old tradition at the following Cleveland-area celebrations.
Monday, Jan. 23
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Public Library, Fleet Branch (7224 Broadway Ave.)
Kick off the Year of the Rooster by discovering which of the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs you are and sampling some fortune cookies. Family-friendly and FREE.
Wednesday, Jan. 25
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Cleveland Public Library (7224 Broadway Ave.)
Kick off the Year of the Rooster by discovering which of the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs you are and sampling some fortune cookies. This session is geared towards young adults and FREE.
Friday, Jan. 27
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Tinkham Veale University Center, Case Western Reserve University (11083 Bellflower Rd.)
Watch fireworks blasted off over Freiberger Field from behind the huge glass windows of the new Tinkham Veale University Center. Popular Asian snacks, green tea, and hot chocolate will be served to both students and community members. The first 300 students with an ID in attendance will receive a small stuffed rooster to commemorate the occasion. Wear red and you’ll be surprised with red envelopes filled with prizes and good fortune. FREE
7:30 p.m. at The Quicken Loans Arena (1 Center Court)
It’s the Cavaliers vs. The Brooklyn Nets, but one thing you may never have seen on the court is the OCA Dragon Dance Team. The Wong Family leads the march bringing good luck, fortune, and a little cheer to everyone who seems the expressive dragon. Starting at $28
Saturday, Jan. 28
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Chinese Academy of Cleveland (20600 Shaker Blvd.)
A miniature Night Market, games, and influential Chinese community members will speak at this wonderful gathering. The school has been around since 1976, teaching their students through immersive techniques. FREE
Sunday, Jan. 29
5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Li Wah (2999 Payne Ave.)
Exclusive to MotivAsian members, an organization committed to cultivating a dynamic Asian community in Greater Cleveland, this is a discounted ten-course meal with traditional Chinese dancing and the Kwan Family Lion Dance. Fear not, you can still catch the Lion Dance and delicious food at Li Wah with a reservation if you are not a part of this group (though we recommend joining!). Deadline for reservations is Jan. 27, tickets for the MotivAsians event are $30. Call 216-589-9552 for individual reservations.
Friday, Feb. 2
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Hospitality Management Center (180 Euclid Ave.)
Stone Soup CLE is a non-profit that links local restaurants, farms, groceries, food vendors and large pop-up pantries to those who need them most. By rescuing prepared dishes, packaged food and fresh produce, they ensure that thousands of pounds of edible food will end up on plates as nutritious meals, and not in landfills. The theme for the gala is the Lunar New Year with a Chinese buffet and performance by Night Market veterans the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, as well as a reverse auction. Tickets are $30.
Saturday, Feb. 4
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Main Classroom Auditorium, Cleveland State University (2121 Euclid Ave.)
The Confucius Institute along with the Chinese American faculty and staff at Cleveland State University present along with the Westlake Chinese Culture Association and the Great Wall Enrichment Center, to bring thousands of attendees each year performances of cultural music, dance, martial arts and more. Open to students and community members. $5
11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Main Branch of Cleveland Public Library (325 Superior Ave.)
Plenty of family-friendly entertainment with celebratory performances, activities, and the Kwan Family Lion Dance Team, all taking place in the Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium Lower Level. The celebration is free and open to the community; please call 216-623-2895 for more information.
3:00 p.m. at King Wah (20668 Center Ridge Rd., Rocky River)
If you can’t make it to AsiaTown to see the Kwan Family Lion Dance at the beginning of the New Year, set aside time to visit Li Wah’s sister eatery that has been in business since 1973. You don’t want to miss it! The Lion Dance is believed to bring prosperity to those who see it all year long. Reservations are required; please call 440-331-0330.
Saturday, Feb. 25
12:00 p.m. at Sterle’s Country House (1401 E 55th St.)
After the excitement of the Chinese New Year is over, celebrate another cultural festivity with a focus on ushering in the spring, the Slovenian holiday Kurentovanje. Participating in the multi-cultural parade will be Yin Tang Dance Company, a Chinese cultural dance company. They will depart from Sterle’s Country House, traveling down E 55th to St. Clair and ending at the Slovenian National Home. FREE
Another way to celebrate the Year of the Rooster is by keeping an eye out for rooster-shaped public artifacts painted by regional artists, a project commissioned by the St. Clair Superior Development Corporation and sustained by sponsorships from local businesses. The fiberglass sculptures will be unveiled and then installed throughout the AsiaTown district in May. Finally, in September they will go to auction and the public will have a chance to bid on these giant birds. For more information, visit: http://www.stclairsuperior.org/neighborhoods/asiatown/year-of-the-rooster
Wish your friends “happiness and prosperity” for the New Year: 恭喜发财 / 恭喜發財 (Gōngxǐ fācái), pronounced “gong-sshee faa-tseye” in Mandarin or “gong-hey faa-chwhy” in Cantonese!