Happy Chinese New Year 2020!
Also called Lunar New Year - this Chinese festival celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival - also called Spring Festival in mainland China- is also one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. In 2020, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Saturday, 25 January, initiating the Year of the Rat.
Celebrations around us!
The celebration of Chinese New Year is a festive, colorful, loud, and incredibly fun holiday to enjoy, even if you aren’t Chinese. So, check out this list of the Best Lunar New Year Celebrations in Southern Orange County and mark the special occasion by attending one with your family.
- Lunar New Year Celebration at UC Irvine, Irvine (Jan. 21) This free event will feature food, culture, a street festival, Disney raffle, lion dance and parade and a light and sound show.
- San Clemente Outlets ( Jan 25) Roar into the Year of the Rat with festive fun! Meet lions and dragons at the Fifth Annual Lunar New Year Celebration this Saturday and pick up a free Red Envelope for a chance to win prizes and special offers on your favorite stores and eateries.
- Lunar New Year Celebration at South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa (Jan. 23 – Feb. 9) A celebration including an exhibit adorned with 20 rats, live entertainment, and children’s crafts. The centerpiece exhibit will be on display Jan. 23-Feb. 9; entertainment and activities will be Jan. 25-26 and Feb. 1-2. It is free.
- Lunar New Year at Fashion Island, Newport Beach (Jan. 25 – Feb. 9) Join Fashion Island in celebrating Lunar New Year with a unique one-of-a-kind Year of the Rat interactive installation along with special promotions from retailers and restaurants. Be sure to check out the installation located at the Atrium Lawn by Hyde Park Jewelers and Vince for Instagram-worthy moments.
- Lunar New Year at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa (Jan. 25) Join us for Pacific Symphony’s annual festivities honoring the Lunar New Year! Celebrating the Year of the Rat, this performance is sure to sell out once again as audiences from across our communities come together to feast on a colorful presentation of Eastern and Western music and dance.