Lunar New Year Celebrations are Underway in Manhattan's Chinatown

Asian communities around the world are ringing in the Lunar New Year including many right here in New York.

Today marks the kickoff of the 15-day long holiday.

This is the year of the rooster — which is one of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac.

Streets throughout Chinatown will be closed today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Chinese New Year Lion Dance Parade.

Celebrations have already begun in Asia.

The holiday ends February 11.

The next year of the rooster will occur in 2029.

Charter Spectrum customers get full access
to all our video, including our live stream.

Tune to Spectrum News NY1 on TV, online, on our app, or on Local On Demand Channel 1020 for:

Road to City Hall, Mon.-Fri. at 7pm and 10pm
The Call, Mon.-Fri. at 9pm and 3am
In Focus with Cheryl Wills, Sun. at 10:30am & 3:30pm
The New York Times Close Up, Sat. at 2pm and 10pm
• On Stage, Sat.-Sun. 9:30am & 7:30pm + Tues. 12:30am
• Talking Pictures, Sat. & Sun. 12:30am + Sat. 12:30pm
• City Health Beat, Sat. at 5:30pm + Mon. at 12:30am
• In Transit, Fri., Sat. & Sun. at 8:45pm
Sports on 1, nightly at 11:35pm and 4am