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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
November: Cultural Celebrations
Japan Culture Day

Japan Culture Day
November 3, 2019

Celebrate Japans rich culture at The Buffalo History Museum. Activities include bonsai, calligraphy, origami, Taiko drumming and more!

Native American Heritage Month

November 7, 14, 21, 2019

Join us during Native American Heritage Month as we celebrate the proud history and traditions of Native American people. Every Thursday this month at 4pm there will be Haudenosaunee Social Dance Demonstrations at the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino.

Western New York Refugee Film Festival

November 14 & 15, 2019

The Invisible City: Kakuma puts the spotlight on the accomplishments of strong, smart children sent to the Kakuma refugee camp and its true dynamics. In a world hit by inhumane political decision-making, this film draws attention to the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa. With an intimate and warm approach, The Invisible City: Kakuma is an antidote to growing xenophobia against refugees in the West.

December: Cultural Celebrations
Culinary World Tour at West Side Bazaar

Culinary World Tour at West Side Bazaar
December 3, 2019

For the first time ever, the West Side Bazaar is opening its doors to the public to taste myriad worldly delights, including Thai green curry, Ethiopian veggies, Puerto Rican tostones, and bubble tea. Tickets available now!

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.


Making Buffalo Home is a two-year, in-depth WNED | WBFO 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.