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Martin Yan Explains the Chinese New Year

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Martin Yan explains some of the traditions that make up this important holiday.

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Learn About The Burmese Water Festival
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Burmese Water Festival

The Burmese Water Festival (Thingyan which means “changing over”), is the celebration of Burma’s New Year. It is traditionally held over a three day period in April in Burma.

Cultural Celebrations Calendar

Upcoming Cultural Celebrations
January: Cultural Celebrations

Western New York Refugee Film Festival Feature
January 16 & 17, 2020

I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts is a powerful documentary that chronicles the journey of fourteen Rohingya youth who take to the stage in order to depict their families' harrowing escape from Burma. With no prior acting experience, the decision to re-enact the stories of their people becomes a courageous act of resistance, demonstrating to the world that they will not be erased, and they will not be silenced.

Ukrainian New Year’s Dance Malanka 2020
January 16 & 17, 2020

Ukrainian American Youth Association of Buffalo, New York is pleased to announce their annual Ukrainian New Year's Dance, Roaring Twenties,"Malanka." There will be live music by the Band Zapovid from Toronto, Canada, a raffle and a buffet.

Republic Day of India Celebration by IAB
January 25, 2020

Indian Association of Buffalo proudly presents 71st Republic Day celebration. This year's Republic Day event’s theme is "Colors of India".

Chinese New Year Celebration
January 25, 2020

Enjoy traditional and contemporary performances of Chinese music, dance and martial arts.

February: Cultural Celebrations

23rd Annual Pączki Day
February 23, 2020

WNY’s Largest Polish Pre-Lenten Celebration. Come out and warm up to the Polkas, Polish food and of course the Pączki! 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway in Lancaster

March: Cultural Celebrations

Shamrock Run

March 7, 2020

Celebrating 42 years of running through the Ward! The Shamrock Run is a fundraiser for the Old First Ward Community Center. Fundraising dollars help the OFW Community Association to provide quality services to the community.

The 27th Annual Old Neighborhood St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 14, 2020

The Valley Community Association’s signature event – 27th Annual “Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off at 12 Noon from the Valley Community Center.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 15, 2020

Great family friendly, religious, patriotic, and civic event in Buffalo that honors Saint Patrick and displays the Irish contributions to our community and country.

Buffalo Intl. Jewish Film Festival
March 20 -26, 2020

This unique festival is dedicated to films that revolve around Jewish culture. Films feature Jewish filmmakers, producers, directors, etc., while appealing to a diverse community of film lovers. The films can also be about the Jewish experience.

What We Carry
March 24, 2020

In conjunction with Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, What We Carry will lift up four women immigrants and descendants of immigrants to tell their stories.


Making Buffalo Home is a two-year, in-depth Buffalo Toronto Public Media engagement initiative to inform and raise awareness of immigration for our entire community. The project aims to help the region develop a better understanding of the shared opportunities and challenges we face together as long-time residents and new immigrants and refugees.

Making Buffalo Home is funded by Rich Products Corporation and Rich Family Foundation.