It’s a holiday wrapped in friends, family and colorful customs.
Why a Rat?
That means that babies born during this year (January 25, 2020 - February 11, 2021) will assume qualities of the rat: very industrious and thrifty, diligent and positive.
Food is also prepared ahead of time. It can take days to prepare the feasts that will be enjoyed by family, friends and visitors on New Year's Day and the days that follow. But it’s important that these preparations are completed ahead of time as a popular Chinese superstition states that using a knife early in the New Year will “cut off” any good luck that might come to you!
Events happening around Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Chamblee, Doraville and Atlanta Celebrating the Year of the Rat!
- January 11: Chamblee Library - Chinese New Year Celebration
- January 25: Culture Center of Taipei Economic & Cultural Office - Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Year Festival
- January 25: Learning Express Toys of Woodstock, GA - Chinese New Year Lantern Craft
- January 26: Doc Chey’s Grant Park - Lion Dances
- January 26: Hello Rainbow- Chinese New Year Celebration and Lion Dance
- January 26: Culture Center of Taipei Economic & Cultural Office - Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Year Festival
- February 1: Dragon Bowl Emory Village - Lion Dances
- February 1: Doc Chey’s Virginia Highland's - Lion Dances
- February 2: The Children's Museum of Atlanta: Celebrate Chinese New Year: A Cultural Exploration
The celebration comes to a close on the 15th day of the lunar month with a lantern festival. Lanterns are also popular decorations for Chinese New Year. In many areas, the lantern festival is accompanied by a dragon dance where men dance in the streets as they hold up a hundred-foot dragon made of paper, silk and bamboo.
As the longest public holiday in China, the New Year Festival is, above all, a reunion for families as generations gather to not only celebrate, but also enjoy time together.
Recipes for the Chinese New Year!
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