Guide to the Chinese New Year in Washington, D.C.

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The Lunar New Year is also known as the Chinese New Year.  This year it begins on January 25, 2020, and lasts 15 days.  This is the Year of the Rat. Washington, D.C., is rich with Chinese culture and the city features numerous ways to celebrate the holiday.

The Shanghai Chinese Orchestra will be performing at the Kennedy Center on January 22, 2020.  World-renowned Chinese maestro of conducting Tony Muhai will lead the orchestra. Members will play zheng or zither, erha known as the Chinese violin, a bamboo flute, and sheng, a wind instrument consisting of multiple reed pipes.  Click here for a discount ticket.

The Beijing Bamboo Orchestra will present Green Rhythm featuring all bamboo instruments on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center.  Admission is free.

The annual Chinese New Year parade will wind its way through D.C.’s Chinatown on January 26, 2020.  You will see floats (including dragons and lions), Chinese folk dancers, Kung fu demonstrations, firecrackers and so much more.

The Washington Wizards will sport special jerseys in honor of the Chinese New Year in their January 22, 2020, game against the Charlotte Hornets in the Capital One Arena in Chinatown.  Click here to get discount tickets.

The Four Seasons Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue will celebrate Chinese New Year by creating a tree of good fortune in the lobby and inviting guests to share their good wishes.  Guests enjoying afternoon tea on January 25, 2020, will be able to order a Chinese New Year cocktail made with rice wine liquor and tea.