The Lunar Chinese New Year 2020 is celebrated on Saturday, January 25th, according to the traditional Chinese Calendar. 2020 is a Year of the Rat according to the Chinese zodiac.
The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the lunar calendar: the holiday falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice on December 21. Thus, each time the New Year in China falls on different dates of the usual Gregorian calendar, between January 21 and February 20. The lunar calendar is associated with the movement of the moon, which usually defines traditional festivals like the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), Lantern Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, and Mid-Autumn Festival.
The lunar calendar is also associated with 12 animal signs in Chinese zodiac, so every 12 years is regarded as a cycle. 2020 is a Year of the Rat.
The Lunar New Year, a celebration that goes by different names across Asia — Chinese Chunjie, Vietnamese Tet, Korean Solnal and Tibetan Losar. It is the most important holiday of the year for many Asian communities around the world. In Asia and in ethnic communities around the world, the Lunar New Year is the most important and most festive holiday of the year. Through centuries of Asian’s agrarian tradition, this was the one period when farmers could rest from their work in the fields. Family members from near and far would travel to be with loved ones in time to usher out the old year and welcome in the new, with a great celebratory flourish. Today, all over China, Vietnam, and Korea, during what is now commonly referred to as the Spring Festival, passenger trains, buses, and riverboats are packed with holiday travelers; shops do a flurry of business selling gifts, new clothes, and festive foods; kitchens are bustling with preparations for elaborate feasts; and the streets are filled with the sounds of firecrackers and seasonal greetings.
Celebrate in Florida
Vietnamese New Year Tết Festival 2020 held by the Vietnamese Community of Tampa Bay on Saturday, January 19, 2020. Location – 510 Fairgrounds Pl., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Bring your friends and family to this yearly fabulous event! Admission $7 per adult include a raffle ticket
Vietnamese New Year Tết Festival 2020 held by the Vietnamese Community of Tampa Bay on Saturday, January 19, 2020. Location – 14301 Nine Eagles Dr, Tampa, FL 33626. You are cordially invited to come to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year 2020, Year of the Rat, with the wonderful cultural performances, Tampa Bay Ao Dai Miss 2020 Program, 2020 Karaoke Golden Sing Competition, chess competition, traditional dragon dances, games and much more! There will be lots of Vietnamese authentic hot and cold delicious food and drinks. Bring your friends and family to this yearly fabulous event! Admission $5
The Villages Asian American Club will be hosting various Asian groups for dinner and to perform various Asian ethnic song and dance performances for their Lunar New Year Celebration. Admission $28
Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association (GOAABA) is excited to host it’s signature “Lunar New Year” event on January 23, 2020 from 6-9 p.m. at Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi!
Wah Lum Orlando will be performing traditional Lion Dance shows during the celebration. Check the 2020 schedule, please. Wah Lum Orlando will join the 9th Annual Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival 2020 on Feb 9th at the Mills 50 District. Free Admission
Greater Orlando Chinese Professionals Association (OCPA) will hold its 25th Annual New Year Gala on January 25, 2020 at the Lake Nona High School. This year’s party will host the New Year’s Eve dinner, a family reunion dinner in the Chinese tradition, now a gathering dinner for the local Chinese, their families and friends. The party will feature a variety of traditional and contemporary performances, such as dragon and lion dances, Peking Opera, Chinese folk music, Tai Chi, martial arts, magic, as well as children and adults’ singing, dancing and musical performances including western musical instrumental performances.
Ticket sales for the New Year Gala are already underway. Tickets: $15/$8 for member adult/child, and $25/$15 for non-member adult/child. You can go to the website https://www.ocpa-usa.org/shop to buy tickets.
Vietnamese New Year Festival (VNYF) is the most important traditional event in Vietnamese culture. Hội Tết Về Nguồn – St. Philip Phan Van Minh – Orlando celebrate the VNYF on the January 25th (10AM – 12AM), and 26th (10AM – 5:30PM), 2019 at Central Florida Fairgrounds, 4603 W. Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL 32808. Free Admission
Chinese American Association of Central Florida CAACF is celebrating the Year of the Rat 2020, with a luncheon and Lunar Chinese New Year on Saturday, February 1st, 2020 at the Chuan Lu Garden 1101 E. Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL 32803. There will be traditional Chinese cultural dance, along with dragon dance and lion dance. Admission: $10-$20
The Suncoast Association of Chinese Americans SACA is celebrating Chinese New Year at Water works Park Tampa at 11 AM. All are welcome. Free admission. Food and craft vendors. Traditional Chinese dance / instruments performance. Free Admission
The Space Coast Chinese American Association SCCAA Annual Chinese New Year Festival on Saturday, February 01, 2020. The festivities will begin at 3:00 PM at the Viera High School Auditorium. Admission 10-15
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Chinese School of CAACF on Feb 2nd morning at 10 AM and enjoy a few Chinese traditions with a Dragon Dance, folk dances, and a demonstration of Chinese calligraphy. Free Admission
Vietnamese New Year Festival (TET) is the most important traditional event in Vietnamese culture. This year, Central Florida Vietnamese community celebrate the TET Festival on the February 8th (10 AM to Midnight) and 9th (10 AM – 6 PM), 2018 at Enchanted Night Hall, 7017 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809. Free Admission
The Year of the Rats marks the 9th annual Central Florida Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival 2020 held in Orlando, Florida. This event has received an overwhelming response from local and distant communities alike. Again this year, Asia Trend Magazine is partnering with Mills 50 District (an Orlando Main Street District), R.E.A.C.H. of Central Florida (Recognizing Educating Asian Cultural Heritage) and Y.E.S.S. (Youth Enrichment and Senior Services) to host the Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival on Sunday, February 9 from 11:00am to 12:30pm at Mills 50 district, N. Thornton Ave., Orlando, FL 32803.
Dragon parade starts at the corner of Lake Highland Dr and N. Mills Ave, left turns at N. Thornton Ave, heading south and ends at N. Thornton Ave and Colonial Drive. The Dragon Parade, which precedes the Festival, is led by City of Orlando and Orange County officials together with representatives of numerous Asian organizations. In 2019, over 8,000 patrons attended the event.
The parade will be followed by five hours of the Lunar Festival that will take place at 728 N. Thornton Ave., Orlando, FL 32803. The Lunar New Year Festival will feature Asian entertainment including Dragon dancing, Lion Dancing, cultural dances, martial arts, taiko drummers, arts and crafts and Asian food. In 2019, over 8,500 patrons attended the event. Free Admission
more info at http://centralfloridadragonparade.org
The 2020 Chinese New Year Festival will be on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus – 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Tickets: $5-10