Charlotte Chinese New Year Festival 2019

The Peaceful Dragon is hosting our 22nd Annual Chinese New Year Festival on Saturday, February 2nd from 11 am to 2 pm at our Cultural Center. Admission is $3/person $5/family. Or FREE with a non-perishable food donation for Loaves and Fishes charity.

12610 Steele Creek Rd. (Hwy. 160)
Charlotte, NC 28273

What is the Chinese New Year?

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival in China, takes place on the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar (usually in January or February of the Western calendar).  Regarded as the most important holiday of the year in China and many neighboring East Asian countries, this holiday has grown in the West as immigrants from Asia have brought their traditions and customs with them.

How is the Chinese New Year Celebrated?

On the eve of the Chinese New Year, family members traditionally gather together to celebrate with a feast and gift-giving of hong bao, or red envelopes filled with money.  But for days or weeks before this gathering, extensive preparations are made that include cleaning, buying or making new clothing, decorating the home, and cooking various specialty items.  The cleaning is believed to help wash away any bad luck from the previous year, and the decorating includes red and gold scrolls and banners with words such as luck, prosperity, and fortune in the hopes the new year will bring these attributes.

While businesses and government agencies give citizens New Year’s Day and often an extra couple of days off from work, the Spring Festival is actually a 15-day affair, ending with what is known as the Lantern Festival on day 15.  Each of the 15 days includes specific protocol such as special foods that are cooked, relatives whom are visited, fireworks and firecrackers that are lit, colorful lion and dragon dances, and deities or ancestors whom are recognized and worshipped.

About the Year of the Pig

The Chinese zodiac is divided into a cycle of 12 years, with each represented by an animal.  This year is the Year of the Pig, specifically the Earth Pig.  Those born in pig years might not stand out in a crowd, but they are very realistic. Others may be all talk and no action. Pigs are the opposite. Though not wasteful spenders, they will let themselves enjoy life. They love entertainment and will occasionally treat themselves. They are a bit materialistic, but this is motivation for them to work hard. Being able to hold solid objects in their hands gives them security. They are energetic and are always enthusiastic, even for boring jobs. If given the chance, they will take positions of power and status. They believe that only those people have the right to speak, and that’s what they want.

2019 Chinese New Year Festival Schedule of Events

Exhibits and Display Tables from 11am – 2:00pm

Children’s Games and Obstacle Course from 12noon – 2:00pm

Lunch available from 12noon – 2:00pm

Performances and Demonstrations:

TBD

We hope to see you there!

 

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