The start of the Chinese New Year falls on Sunday, and 2013 is Year of the Snake in Chinese culture. The Chinese New Year celebration is the largest and most important in Chinese culture, usually running for 15 days. The Chinese New Year is thought to be a way to begin anew with a clean slate.
Here are some ways in Atlanta to celebrate the Chinese New Year with traditions like the Lion Dance, where dancers don an intricate lion's costume that signifies the beast's ushering in of the positive while removing the negative.
Decatur Martial Arts Academy (3003 North Decatur Road, Decatur), Saturday, 12-2 p.m.
“Kick” off the Chinese New Year with Chinese and Korean martial arts demos and a lion dance, held in conjunction with Chien Hong Kung Fu at the Decatur Martial Arts Academy. Admission is $10. DETAILS
Little Shop of Stories (133 East Court Square, Decatur), Sunday, 3 p.m.
Annual Chinese New Year storytime featuring crafts, snacks and stories at the Little Shop of Stories. Since 2013 is Year of the Snake, so we’ll also be reading books about slippery, slithery snakes. DETAILS
Doc Chey’s Eighth Annual Chinese New Year Celebration
Doc Chey’s is giving away free mini iPads to diners to celebrate the countdown Chinese New Year. The giveaway ends on Saturday, Feb. 9. Party down at the restaurant’s North Highland location on Feb. 13 and at its Emory Village and Grant Park locations on Feb. 20. The first 333 ine-in guests at each location get a lucky fortune cookie with a prize hidden inside. Every cookie is a winner! Win free food, gift cards, T-shirts and more. Get details on the giveaway and celebration parties here.
Imagine It! Children Museum of Atlanta Chinese New Year Snake Decoration, Sunday, 2 p.m.
Chinese New Year’s Eve is a day where Chinese families gather for their annual reunion dinner, known as “Eve of the Passing Year”. Join the Imaginators at the Imagine It! Children's Museum in celebrating this colorful holiday by creating a Year of the Snake decoration. Free with general admission, free for members. See site for more info.
Rosebud (1397 North Highland Ave. NE), Sunday, Dinner
Rosebud’s a la carte menu of Chinese-inspired specials includes lobster eggrolls with Chinese mustard, a noodle bowl with smoked short rib, cabbage, local bok choy & soft poached egg and High Road Fortune Cookie ice cream. The restaurant will not serve its regular dinner menu. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 404-347-9747. DETAILS
Steel (950 West Peachtree St. NW), Friday and Saturday, 5-11 p.m. (Lion Dance at 8 p.m.)
The Chien Hong School of Kung Fu will mesmerize diners with their authentic Chinese Lion Dance while they savor a Chinese three-course dinner at Steel. Guests are invited to not only dine and enjoy the show, but to also take part in a Chinese tradition where they take red envelopes filled with dollar bills and feed the lion during the dance. This act welcomes good luck and prosperity in the coming year. Cost: $40 per guest. Regular menu will also be available. DETAILS
Mandarin Oriental (3376 Peachtree Road NE), Thursday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Enjoy an authentic Chinese New Year celebration without leaving Atlanta on Thursday at Mandarin Oriental in Buckhead. Your evening will be packed with extravagant lion dance performances, exotic food stations and traditional Asian décor. Cost: $50 per person plus tax and gratuity. DETAILS
Atlanta Chinese New Year Celebration, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come get in on the action at the Atlanta Chinese New Year Celebration in Chamblee at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office at 5377 New Peachtree Road. This two-day festival features the traditional dragon and lion dancers, authentic Chinese food, Chinese calligraphy and other arts and crafts, as well as traditional Chinese music and dance performances. Admission tickets are $5 per person ($2 of which is returned to you as a voucher that can be used to buy food at the Festival). Get all the details here.
Opare Integrative Health Care, Ongoing
After celebrating, restore your mind, body and soul with a little holistic approach of Eastern medicine with the traditional techniques of Western medicine at Opare Integrative Health Care. It integrates acupuncture, Chinese and nutritional medicines with osteopathic manual and standard western medicines. Check out details on the classes and events offered at Opare.