Chinese New Year: 2014 The Year of the Horse 4712 (or 2014) is the year of the horse
New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese
calendar. The Chinese year 4712 begins on Jan. 31, 2014.
months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on
the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first
day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is
brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to
prepare for and celebrate the New Year.
A Charming New Year
has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him
on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each
one. He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have
some of that animal's personality. Those born in horse years are
cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with
their hands. Rembrandt, Harrison Ford, Aretha Franklin, Chopin, Sandra
Day O'Connor, and President Theodore Roosevelt were born in the year of
Fireworks and Family Feasts
At Chinese New Year
celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper,
and give children "lucky money" in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire,
which according to legend can drive away bad luck. The fireworks that
shower the festivities are rooted in a similar ancient custom. Long ago,
people in China lit bamboo stalks, believing that the crackling flames
would frighten evil spirits.
The Lantern Festival
China, the New Year is a time of family reunion. Family members gather
at each other's homes for visits and shared meals, most significantly a
feast on New Year's Eve. In the United States, however, many early
Chinese immigrants arrived without their families, and found a sense of
community through neighborhood associations instead. Today, many
Chinese-American neighborhood associations host banquets and other New
The lantern festival is held on the fifteenth day of
the first lunar month. Some of the lanterns may be works of art,
painted with birds, animals, flowers, zodiac signs, and scenes from
legend and history. People hang glowing lanterns in temples, and carry
lanterns to an evening parade under the light of the full moon.
many areas the highlight of the lantern festival is the dragon dance.
The dragon—which might stretch a hundred feet long—is typically made of
silk, paper, and bamboo. Traditionally the dragon is held aloft by young
men who dance as they guide the colorful beast through the streets. In
the United States, where the New Year is celebrated with a shortened
schedule, the dragon dance always takes place on a weekend. In addition,
many Chinese-American communities have added American parade elements
such as marching bands and floats.
YOU MUST HAVE A PARKING PASS IF YOU DRIVE TO THE MASS TRANSIT SUPER BOWL
Even if you are just getting dropped off you still need a parking pass .
There are no drop off points
New York New York , Remember drivers must have a parking permit . It is suggested you
leave 3 full hours of travel time to the stadium (and security). The
game starts at 6pm , the staff of the Ridgewood blog suggests the latest
arrival time 4:30pm.
transportation to the Super Bowl is going to be a nightmare. Traffic
will be nuts and parking will be even worse. Urge guests to take public
transportation if at all possible. See Jeremy’s email for public trans
These are things you need to know about private transportation…
will be no pick up/drop off service to the Meadowlands on 2/1/14 or
2/2/14 done by any car company. There is no location at the Meadowlands
complex that will permit vehicles to pull over and drop off/pick up
Private vehicles will need parking passes. They are
available online for purchase on the NFL’s website (while supplies last)
for between $150-$350. They can’t be resold as they are tied to the
guest’s ticket number. http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/48/guide .
Statue of Liberty National Monument & Ellis Island Service Advisory:
3, 2014 - Weather Advisory - Due to the Winter Storm the National Park
Service has suspended ferry service for Friday, January 3, 2014. Ferry
Service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island will
resume on Saturday, January 4, 2014.
On Monday, October 28,
2013, Ellis Island has reopened to the public for the first time since
Hurricane Sandy. Open areas inside the Ellis Island Immigration Museum
include the Great Hall and the Peopling of America exhibit. Outside,
visitors can stroll the Wall of Honor and take in fabulous views of
Manhattan. Elevator access to the second floor is not available but
should be restored by early 2014.
Statue Cruises offers year
round daily service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and
Ellis Island, minimal wait time to enter the screening facilities at
either Battery Park, New York and Liberty State Park, New Jersey. We
strongly suggest you book in advance to guarantee access inside the
Statue of Liberty with a Crown Ticket or Pedestal/Museum Pass.
keep in mind that you will be on your feet for most of your visit and
that you will be travelling by boat. Boat decks also can somtimes be
wet and, of course, you will have to walk along a gangplank to board and
to disembark from the boat. Please consider appropriate footwear
during your visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Statue
Cruises recommends against wearing open-toe footwear and flip flops for