This week marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year, China's biggest and most ceremonious holiday -- a chance to honor one's ancestors and prepare for the good fortune to come.

This year, Niagara Falls, USA is celebrating the Year of the Monkey with special events and activities taking place all week long. The Niagara USA Official Visitor Center is adorned in red, representing good fortune. From red lanterns to red paper cutouts on windows, and even handing out red envelopes -- a staple of the holiday. The Visitor Center is open daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Events
Celebrate Lunar New Year at Fashion Outlets Niagara Falls, USA

Ring in the new year at Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA. From February 1st through 14th, enjoy special events and exclusive discounts. Visit Guest Services located near Saks OFF 5th to receive a traditional red envelope containing a complimentary commemorative Year of the Monkey Green Savings Card providing additional discounts at several stores. See the full schedule of events here.

Put your cooking skills to the test at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, located just steps from Niagara Falls State Park. Join the chefs and master the art of the Oriental Dumpling in this hands-on class on Tuesday, February 9 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Create the perfect mixture of spices and find out if it's best to steam, pan-fry or boil. Cost per participant is $50. Call 716-210-2525 for registration information.

Rock n' roll into the new year and dress your best with Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls, USA. It's always a celebration with a rockin' menu and authentic merchandise including a commemorative Year of the Monkey pin and t-shirt. Open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 12 a.m.

The Peking Acrobats

Feeling lucky? Cash in on Chinese New Year at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and enjoy various gaming promotions, February 8 - 21. Don't miss an exciting performance by The Peking Acrobats, one of the most entertaining acrobatic shows featuring breathtaking balancing, mind-bending contortion and high-flying stunts. Shows on Friday, February 12 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 13 at 9 p.m. inside the Seneca Niagara Events Center. Tickets start at $20.

Wishing you good fortune and a prosperous year ahead!