This week marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year, China's biggest and most ceremonious holiday. Traditionally celebrated for 15 days, this year marks the year of the Monkey and officially kicked off Monday.
While people celebrate in various ways, the main activities revolve around family reunions, good food and exchanging gifts. Many Chinese customs are practiced throughout this period to symbolize good luck for the year to come as well as to honor ancestors.
This year, Niagara Falls, USA, is celebrating the Year of the Monkey with special events and activities taking place all week long. The Niagara USA Official Visitor Center is adorned in red décor, which represents good fortune. The VC is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with red lanterns, red paper cutouts on the windows, and staffers handing out red envelopes - a staple of the holiday.
Other events around Niagara USA include:
•Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA: Now through Feb. 14, enjoy special events and exclusive discounts. Visit guest services to receive a traditional red envelope containing a complimentary commemorative Year of the Monkey green savings card providing additional discounts at several stores.
•Hard Rock Cafe, Niagara Falls, USA: Visit the retail store to purchase a commemorative Year of the Monkey pin and T-shirt. Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
•Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino: Now through Feb. 21, there will be various gaming promotions. The Peking Acrobats will performing at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, and at 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, inside the Seneca Niagara Events Center. The show features breathtaking balancing, mind-bending contortion and high-flying stunts. Tickets start at $20.
For more information on these and other events taking place around Niagara USA, visit niagara-usa.com.