This year, Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 14. It is the Year of the Tiger. (Twelve symbolic animals continually cycle through the Chinese lunisolar calendar, kept since ancient times.)
According to www.yearofthetiger.net, the Tiger is "the third sign in the Chinese Zodiac cycle and it is a sign of bravery. The Tiger is a courageous and fiery fighter, admired by the ancient Chinese as the sign that keeps away the three main tragedies of a household: fire, thieves and ghosts." People born in the year of the tiger (1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, and 1998) are considered protectors and are generally well liked because of their charismatic personalities.
Chinese New Year will be celebrated in Charlotte by several different organizations and events are open to the public.
Chinese American Association of Charlotte: A celebration will be held on Saturday, February 6 at the Carolina Asian Center located at 701 Scaleybark Rd in Charlotte. The event will feature a Dragon Dance performance by the Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy of Morresville. The event is from 3-5:30pm and admission is $12/person for nonmembers and $29/person for VIP seats. Call 704-651-3964 for more information.
The Peaceful Dragon will also celebrate Chinese New Year on Saturday, February 6 with a free family festival from 11am-3pm. The event will open with a Lion Dance and will also feature traditional foods, crafts, games and marital arts demonstrations. The Peaceful Dragon is located at 12610 Steele Creek Road.
Families with Children from China will celebrate the new year on February 20 at the Carolina Asian Center at 701 Scaleybark Road (which is the same located at the Chinese American Association event). The event,from 4-7:30pm, features a meet and greet, dinner and entertainment. Click here for more information about ticket prices for member and non-member participants.
Are you aware of other Chinese New Year celebrations? Thank you to reader, Susannah, for this suggestion. Please contact me at Jessica_daitch@yahoo.com with ideas and comments.