In 2024, the Year of the Dragon begins on Feb. 10. Major celebrations occur from Feb. 10 through Feb. 24. People born in a Year of the Dragon are considered strong and independent. In Chinese culture, dragons are the most revered creature and are used to represent royalty. Learn more at chinesenewyear.net.

Check out these ways to celebrate:

Chinese New Year Celebration at Doc Chey’s

Head to a Doc Chey’s location for the chance to win a special prize in celebration of the New Year. Feb. 7-9.

Pajama Concert: Chinese New Year Celebration at Carlos Museum

Celebrate with the Vega Quartet as you listen to music and sip on hot chocolate. Feb. 9.

Lunar New Year at Atlantic Station

Celebrate with this festival full of traditional rituals and fun with a spellbinding Lion Dance, Kung Fu/Tai Chi performances, symbolic crafts and more. Feb. 10.

City of Johns Creek Lunar New Year at Newtown Park

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with cultural performances, traditional food, local vendors and kids’ activities. Feb. 10.

Lunar New Year Party at Bogan Park Community Recreation Center

Honor the Year of the Dragon with crafts, snacks and music. Feb. 10.

2024 Lunar New Year Festival at Culture Center of Teco

Welcome the Year of the Dragon with traditions, good fortune and joyful moments. Feb. 10-11.

Lunar New Year Festival at Stone Mountain Park

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with this tribute to Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese culture and traditions featuring a light show, lighted parade, cultural craft activities and more. Feb. 10-11, 17-19 and 24-25.

Source: Wes Radez/chineseamericanfamily.com

Make a Good Luck Character Banner

Decorate for the Chinese New Year and introduce your kids to Chinese calligraphy with this craft. The fu character means “good luck” or “blessings.”

Start with a red sheet of construction paper in the shape of a diamond. Draw a light pencil line down the center of your paper to keep your characters properly spaced. Using a paintbrush and black paint, start the first character with a short downward stroke in the shape of a comma. The second stroke looks like a number 7. Draw a vertical line underneath the second stroke and in line with the first character. The final stroke is another comma shape starting from the juncture at the center of the character. Start the second character with a short horizontal stroke. Draw a rectangular box underneath. Draw a larger rectangle with only left, top and right sides. Put a horizontal bar in the middle of the larger rectangle. Draw a downward stroke through the middle, pulling the brush to the left and back to the right to create the bottom of the rectangle. Source: Wes Radez/chineseamericanfamily.com

Give Dim Sum a Try

Dim sum means “touch the heart” and is a Chinese meal of small plates including steamed and fried buns, dumplings, rolls and more served with tea and enjoyed with family and friends.

Takeout

Enjoy Chinese culture by getting delicious food you can taste at home. Call or check websites for delivery or takeout options.

Practice Origami

In the past, paperfolding traditions arose in Europe, China and Japan separately. Origami is the art of paper folding, and although it’s often associated with Japanese culture, the term has become inclusive for all paper folding practices. To celebrate the New Year and the year of the tiger, fold paper lanterns, tiger figurines, red envelopes, gift boxes and more. Find step-by-step instructions and projects at origami.guide, origami-resource-center.com, origamitree.com and paperkawaii.com.

Past events:

Decatur Lunar New Year 2024 at Ebster Recreation Center

Join in a Pan-Asian festival with craft booths, food vendors, a marketplace and more. Feb. 3.

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