The Chinese, or Lunar, New Year will be ushered in this weekend by the Chinese Language School of Connecticut with demonstrations, workshops, performances, dances and activities. It is the 16th year the Greenwich organization has marked the passing of this centuries-old tradition.

The event brings the school community together, along with visitors and guests who want to learn more about the celebrations. Singers, dancers and other performers from around the area will be featured, along with a traditional dragon dance. Traditional Chinese foods and refreshments will be available to quench appetites and thirst.

As is tradition, each year is associated with one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. This year it is the dog, which officially gets under way on Feb. 16. The other signs include the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster and pig. It is believed that a person’s birth year zodiac animal sign will influence that person’s characteristics.

In China, and other countries around the world, the holiday actually lasts for 15 days and is full of longstanding traditions and practices.

Greenwich High School, 10 Hillside Road, Greenwich. Saturday, Feb. 3, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $45 adults; $30 children (3 to 12). 866-301-4906