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The year of the rat begins January 25. In Chinese culture, rats are the symbol of wealth and surplus. Try these ways to celebrate China’s most important holiday. Learn about Chinese culture with dim sum, a fun, family-friendly culinary experience, or head to a festival with traditional dances.

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.

Shen Yun at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center

Experience a theatrical journey through five millennia of traditional Chinese culture. Jan. 3-12.

Chinese Opera Spring Festival and Gala at Infinite Energy Center

Presented by The Atlanta Drama Club, this performance covers drama, classical dance, Chinese opera and other stage arts, representing the cultural exchange between China and the United States. Jan. 18.

Chinese New Year at The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning

Celebrate the Chinese New Year 2020, The Year of the Rat, by decorating your own paper lantern, creating a dragon mask and constructing a drum to help bring in the new year. Jan. 25.

Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Year Festival at the Culture Center of Taipei Economic & Cultural Office

A weekend of cultural entertainment, including traditional dragon and lion dances, folk music, art exhibits and dance as well as authentic Chinese foods. Jan. 25-26.

Chinese New Year Celebration at Atlanta Chinatown Mall

Festive entertainment includes the lion and dragon dance, food, art and culture exhibitions and more. Jan. 25-26.

Chinese New Year Celebration at Doc Chey’s Noodle House and Dragon Bowl 

Enjoy foods believed to bring good luck in the new year, lion dances and fortune cookie prizes. Jan. 25-Feb. 8.

Chinese New Year Party at Sweet Auburn Barbecue

Features a Chinese pop-up menu, specialty cocktails and traditional lion dancers. Jan. 28.

Celebrate Chinese New Year: A Cultural Exploration at Children’s Museum of Atlanta

A special performance by the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company as well as culturally themed music and movement, new year storytime and science show. Feb. 2.

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