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The year 2012 is the year of the Dragon for the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated on January 23, 2012. Those who are born in one of the dragon years are said to have a year of luck and good fortune; lucky are those born in 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012. In China, the New Year is the mark of the beginning of spring and is a popular time for family members to reunite and celebrate together. Commemorate this Chinese holiday by tasting traditional Chinese cuisine at a New Year banquet or enjoying some Chinese culture while viewing the traditional dragon dance.
The National Association of Chinese-Americans (NACA) 2012 Chinese Lunar New Year Banquet
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Reception: 6:00p.m, Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Canton House Restaurant
4825 Buford Hwy
Price: $40/member, $80/non-member
The Canton House is well known for the dim sum carts that stroll around the restaurant with a variety of delicious treats. During NACA’s New Year celebration, a variety of traditional Chinese dishes will be served. At this unique event, guests can talk and mingle with Chinese community members in festive attire for a truly authentic experience.
Shen Yun 2012 World Tour
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339
Hours: Friday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 28 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, January 29 at 2 p.m.
This dance troupe will be sweeping the stage of the Cobb Galleria Centre with beautiful traditional dances and music from China. Well known for their bright, beautiful costumes, this is an evening of enchantment to a far away Asian world. Do your best to catch this rare performance that is only in Atlanta for a few days; it’s a lot cheaper than flying to China for a quality performance.
Organization of Chinese Americans Banquet Celebrating Asian Pacific Lunar New Year 4710 Year of Dragon
Oriental Pearl Restaurant
5399 New Peachtree Road
Chamblee, GA 30341
Hours: Saturday, January 21, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Price: $35/member or $350/table, $50/non-member or $500 per table
OCA-Georgia is part of a national civil rights organization which advocates for the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans. This year’s “Year of the Dragon” Lunar New Year banquet invites keynote speakers Bill Imada/Chairman and CEO of IW Group, renowned marketing expert on successful outreach to diverse markets and Holli Semetko/Emory University’s Vice Provost of International Initiatives. There will also be a musical performance by Vega Quartet.
Atlanta Chinatown Square
5383C New Peachtree Road
Chamblee, GA 30341
This center is comprised of multiple Chinese food restaurants and retail spaces. During the Chinese New Year, they often have celebrations occurring within the center, including a traditional dragon dance. This is a great location to spend an afternoon walking around the center and grabbing a traditional, delicious meal.
Doc Chey’s Noodle House
1556 North Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30307
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun – 4p.m. to 10 p.m.
For a more casual, familiar way to celebrate the New Year, go to Doc Chey’s and get the lucky sampler. The sampler includes shrimp rolls for happiness, dumplings for wealth, and peanut noodles for longevity. Each of the local restaurants will also have a special day to celebrate the New Year with $2 Tsingtao beer and prizes hidden inside fortune cookies.
- Monday, January 23: First day of Chinese New Year at Doc Chey’s Morningside
- Monday, January 30 at Doc Chey’s Emory Village
- Monday, February 6: Last day of Chinese New Year at Doc Chey’s Grant Park
Related: Best Chinese Food in Atlanta
Stacy Sheets is native to Atlanta. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Stacy is a freelance writer who enjoys keeping abreast on the best Atlanta has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.