New Rochelle’s Library Green will play host to celebrations of cultures from around the world, starting with a celebration of Three Kings Day on January 6.
The program will observe the day with traditions from Mexico, and will be followed in February with the celebration of Chinese New Year, and later that month with an African dance and drum performance.
Here’s the announcement from the New Rochelle Public Library, adjoining the green:
BID FAMILY DAYS GO GLOBAL FOR NEW ROCHELLE’S 325th ANNIVERSARY
First Event Celebrates the Mexican Customs of Three Kings Day
For the 325th anniversary of the founding of New Rochelle, the popular BID Family Days will celebrate the many cultures that contribute to the vibrant community of New Rochelle. The special free family-friendly programs will take place in the New Rochelle Public Library and Library Green, throughout the entire 2013 year.
The first global event will be a Three Kings Day program on Sunday, January 6, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm, during which traditions will be celebrated as they are in much of Mexico. Families are invited to create a project, enjoy live performances by children’s performers, sample refreshments and Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings bread), and help crack open piñatas for special treats. The Three Kings are expected to make a surprise visit, with gifts of books for the children.
In February, the Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 19, during school
vacation week. From 10:30 am – 12:00 noon a Children’s Craft Workshop will feature dragon-
making and refreshments. At 2:00, an exquisite performance of the Lion Dance, a Monkey King
demonstration from Peking Opera, the Handkerchief Dance, the Mongolian Dance, and the Ribbon
Dance will be presented by the New York Chinese Cultural Center.
On Saturday, February 23, at 2:00 pm, African-American Heritage Month will be observed with
the annual performance by Bokandeye African Dance an Drum Troupe, under the guidance of
For a full listing of all 2013 BID Family Days Go Global events, visit the website of the Downtown Business Improvement District: www.newrochelledowntown.com.
BID Family Days are presented by the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District with the Public Library, the City School District and the Department of Parks & Recreation. All programs are on a first-come, first-served basis to the capacity of library facilities. All programs are subject to change.