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The Chinese Lunar Calendar places New Year’s Day at the end of January or the beginning of February. This year Lunar New Year, aka Chinese New Year, falls on January 22, 2023, the date of the second new moon after the winter solstice.
Celebrations will continue for 15 days. This is the Year of the Rabbit. The Rabbit is a symbol of peace, prosperity and longevity in Chinese culture. It is believed that the animal ruling your year of birth influences your personality. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are believed to be courteous, attentive to detail, witty and ingenious.
When I think of Lunar New Year celebrations, Atlanta may not immediately come to mind. So, you may be surprised to discover just how many Lunar New Year celebrations are happening this year in the greater Atlanta area.
Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration at Atlanta Chinatown Mall
The largest annual Lunar New Year celebration inside the courtyard at Atlanta Chinatown. This is a free, family-friendly two-day party at Chinatown Mall in Chamblee, Georgia. The program includes Lion and Dragon Dances, cultural exhibits, contests, crafts, Moon Cakes and other delicacies.
Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Year Festival
The Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Year Festival is held annually at the Culture Center of Taipei Economy & Cultural Office which is next to the Chinatown Mall. Here you can see Lion Dances, Dragon Dances, enjoy authentic Taiwan night market food and listen to ethnic music.
CBAA’s Lunar New Year Gala
The Chinese Business Association of Atlanta presents their Lunar New Year Gala on January 15, 2023, at 3:30 pm. The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra will perform “The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto.” This will be followed by Chinese folk dances, Chinese solo and vocal quartet songs and Chinese instrumental performances, all celebrating the Lunar New Year.
CHAR Lunar New Year Party
CHAR Korean Bar & Grill is ready to hop into the Year of the Rabbit. They are having a festive Lunar New Year celebration with Korean BBQ and drinks.
Children’s Museum of Atlanta Lunar New Year
Ring in the Year of the Rabbit in style with a performance by the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company on January 22, 2023.
Vietnamese Tet Lunar New Year Festival
The Vietnamese Tet Lunar New Year Festival is happening on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 1 pm to 8 pm and Sunday, January 22, 2023, from 1 pm to midnight. This event features a street food market, Lion Dance, live entertainment, karaoke and more. It’s located at the Plaza Los America in Lilburn.
Carlos Museum Concert
Ring in the Lunar New Year with classical music performed by the Vega Quartet Chinese traditional music and a bamboo flute performance on January 22, 2023..
Stone Mountain Lunar New Year Festival
A new festival is coming to Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta. The Lunar New Year Festival includes parades, performances, a drone show, fireworks, dancers, martial arts demonstrations, and more. Learn more about this festival here.
Doc Chey’s Chinese New Year Celebration
Celebrate the Chinese New Year on January 24, 2023, with delicious food and a chance to win an Atlanta United ticket prize pack, T-shirts and other goodies
If you’d like to dress for these celebrations, remember the color red is supposed to bring you good fortune. Click here to find some great 2023 Lunar New Year of the Rabbit shirts.
If you’d like to visit Atlanta during the Lunar New Year celebrations, you should consider the following hotels. And be sure to click on our links to see how you can save money on your stay.
- Comfort Inn Atlanta Downtown South
- Hilton Atlanta Downtown
- Extended Stay America – Select Suites Atlanta – Chamblee
- Inn at the Peachtree, Ascend Hotel Collection
- Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead
- Clarion Inn & Suites Downtown
- Hampton Inn Atlanta Northlake
- Extended Stay America Suites – Atlanta – Perimeter – Peachtree Dunwoody
- Sleep Inn Atlanta Airport
- Home2 Suites by Hilton Atlanta Perimeter Center
- Quality Inn Atlanta Northeast I-85
- DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta – Northlake
- Extended Stay America – Select Suites Atlanta – Alpharetta
- Comfort Inn Atlanta Airport
- Hampton Inn & Suites Atlanta Buckhead Place
- Econo Lodge Conley