Celebrating Chinese New Year in Albuquerque

2019 Year of the Pig illustration with a red pig and a Happy Chinese New Year greeting.

This Tuesday, February 5th, is Chinese New Year and brings in the Year of the Boar! Here are some ways you can celebrate.

1. Attend a traditional Lion Dance or Dragon Dance

Dancers wear giant costumes and dance to the surrounding drums and cymbals and gongs to help chase away evil spirits and bring good luck. It’s loud and fun and colorful and wonderful! The dragons and lions love to eat envelopes with small donations inside, so be prepared to feed the animals a little snack!

Chinese New Year dragon
Chinese New Year Dragon Dance at the Albuquerque Chinese Culture Center

The Albuquerque Chinese Culture Center hosts a FREE New Year Celebration February 9th, 1:00 – 2:30. They recommend you come early to get a good spot. There will be Dragon and Lion dances, music, and martial arts demonstrations. The center is at 427 Adams St. SE, 87108.

Chinese New Year Lion Dance
Lion Dance Bringing in the Chinese New Year

The GDPT Quang Minh Lion Dance Team and their drummers are going to be busy — they have over a dozen performances coming up! Two of their FREE shows will be at Talin Market, which has lots of parking and is fun to explore after the show. The first show is Tuesday, Feb. 5th at 10:00 am. The second is Saturday, February 9th at 10:00 am. Click here to see a complete schedule of the dance team’s performances, which includes several restaurants.

2. Decorate Your Own Pig

Download this PDF and color your own Year of the Pig! We’d love to see what you make! Post your New Year’s Pig on Instagram, and we’ll make a collage of pigs. That should definitely help chase away evil spirits and bring in good luck!
@abq-kids #abqkids #ChineseNewYearABQ

2. Make Fortune Cookies

Step One: Make the fortunes before you start cooking! I hope I get a fortune saying I’m going to see the baby giraffe at the BioPark soon! Fortune cookies are really easy to make. Here’s a good blog with a recipe.

The Year of the Pig Zodiac Info

The Year of the Pig has been 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and this year, 2019. ABQ Kids born these years can be shy, but have tremendous inner strength. They are honest, kind, and affectionate. For a really thorough description, check out ChineseNewYear.net.