Chinese New Year in Newnan

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The Chinese New Year is one of the most anticipated cultural traditions of the year. This year ushers in the year of the horse, closing out the year of the snake. In ancient Chinese lore, when the start of the year would come, a beast called the ‘Yian’ would rise from the waters and harm animals, people, and even property. In order to fend off the evil doer, they decorated with things that frightened the beast — fire, loud noises, and the color red. That’s why Chinese New Year festivals are so boisterous!

There are many opportunities to learn more about this fantastic heritage. There are events being held throughout the Atlanta area to celebrate this holiday. Below are just a few of them, so load up the Newnan Chevy and enjoy.

The Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Year Festival will be held on February 1 and 2 this year from 10am til 4pm at the Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. This event will have two different dances; one lion dance and one dragon dance. There will also be scrumptious snacks, arts and crafts, and other songs and folk dances throughout the two-day festival. Admission is just $5 per person

Love classical music? Attend this free concert with a Chinese flair on Chinese New Year. Celebrate the Year of the Horse with the Vega String Quartet as they perform traditional Chinese music with authentic instruments. The concert begins at noon and will be held in the reception hall at the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Nothing beats attending a free event, especially when the event also has a free buffet. Join Green Ginger in Decatur on Saturday, February 1, for a Chinese New Year event like no other. There will be free food from 11:30am until 2pm and a lion dance show from 12:30pm until 1:15pm. You won’t want to miss out on this exciting event.

If you can’t find an event or activity near you, don’t worry. You can still celebrate the Chinese New Year in your very own home with friends and family. The day before the New Year is for cleaning, decorating, and shopping for the big day. The day of, hold a family dinner, or a Shou Sui, and put on a large fireworks display.

Have a safe and happy Chinese New Year from your friends at Southtowne Motors.

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