Friday, January 28, 2022

Celebrate Lunar New Year at Virtual MOCA FEST 2022







Artwork courtesy of Dingding Hu who collaborated on this series of Manhattan Chinatown illustrations with MOCA. Thank you Dingding! GET THE ZOOM BACKGROUND HERE.




Additional programs will be added, and full registrations will also become available throughout MOCA FEST.


Dear Friends,

Lunar New Year is coming! This year is the Year of the Tiger, and it starts on February 1, 2022. Zai Jian Year of the Ox!

Since Lunar New Year is a time for new beginnings and family gatherings, we want to start celebrating with you—the MOCA family. MOCA proudly presents VIRTUAL MOCA FEST 2022, the Museum's annual celebration of the Lunar New Year. Let's kick things off with MOCA's list of 8 THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO in the Year of the Tiger. This unofficial list was created by the MOCA team from our respective experiences. 

8 Lunar New Year No-Nos

  1. Do not give $4 in a red envelope
  2. Do not wear white or black
  3. Do not sweep the floors or clean the house on the first day of LNY
  4. Do not get a haircut during the first lunar month
  5. Do not break tools or other equipment
  6. Do not visit the doctor on the first day of LNY
  7. Do not do needlework on the first day of LNY
  8. Do not get into arguments

8 Lunar New Year Foods to Eat

  1. 10-Vegetable Dish
  2. Rice Cake - 年年高升 nían nían gāo shēng
  3. Fish – 年年有余 nían nían yoǔ yú
  4. Dumplings
  5. Sweet Rice Ball/Tang Yuan - 团团圆圆 túan túan yuan yúan
  6. Longevity Noodles – 长寿面 cháng shòu miàn
  7. Oranges/Tangerines
  8. Cantonese Sweet Fried Dumplings - Gok Zai / Yau Gok

8 Lunar New Year Movies to Watch

  1. Crazy Rich Asians
  2. Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
  3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  4. Pushing Hands
  5. All's Well Ends Well
  6. Over the Moon
  7. Dear Ex
  8. Detective Chinatown

8 Lunar New Year Books to Read

  1. Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir (2021) by Kat Chow
  2. Land Of Big Numbers: Stories (2021) by Te-Ping Chen
  3. Thank You, Mr. Nixon (2022) by Gish Jen
  4. Americans in China: Encounters with the People's Republic (2022) by Terry Lautz
  5.  Mooncakes and Milk Bread: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by Chinese Bakeries (2021) by Kristina Cho
  6. Damn Good Chinese Food: Dumplings, Egg Rolls, Bao Buns, Sesame Noodles, Roast Duck, Fried Rice, and More―50 Recipes Inspired by Life in Chinatown (2021) by Chris Cheung
  7. Celebrating Chinese New Year: History, Traditions, and Activities (2021) by Eugenia Chu (Children's Books, 6 - 9 Years)
  8. Nian, The Chinese New Year Dragon (2019) by Andrea Wang (Children's Books, 6 - 8 Years)

8 Lunar New Year Gifts to Give

  1. Red Envelope (with a new two-dollar bill)
  2. Pocket Almanac
  3. Lucky Candy
  4. Coins Ornament with Tassel
  5. Lunar Calendar
  6. Oranges/Tangerines (-luck)
  7. Chinese New Year Flowers-Narcissus, Lucky Bamboo
  8. Fruit Gummies

As the pandemic continues shattering New York City's Chinatowns, we have highlighted eight local small businesses. It’s our hope that you will give your favorite Asian small businesses much-needed support.

  1. Niu Shop (LNY Decorations), 75 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002
  2. Yu and Me Books, 44 Mulberry St, New York, New York 10013
  3. Mott Street Eatery, 98 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
  4. Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine, 295 Grand St, New York, NY 10002
  5. Wah Fung No 1, 79 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002
  6. Dim Sum Palace, 6 Chatham Square, New York, NY 10038
  7. Audrey Bakery & Cafe, 174 Canal St, New York, NY 10013
  8. Alimama Tea, 89A Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

With gratitude,

Nancy Yao Maasbach, President, and the MOCA Team




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