Gong Hei Fat Choy, translates to wishing you prosperity and health or happy new year.
Lunar New Year has arrived and we couldn’t be more excited. Over 1 billion people celebrate in China and many other Asian countries, in honor of ancestors and cherished deities. Lunar New Year, observes the first new moon of the Lunisolar Calendar, filled with 15 days of traditional meals at family gatherings, as well as fireworks and parades to ward off evil spirits.
The Lunisolar Calendar also aligns with the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac in which an animal is celebrated all year long. This year, in 2022, is ‘The Year of the Tiger’ begins on Tuesday, February 1 and ends on February 16. It’s said that people born in a year of the Tiger are known to be brave, charming, unpredictable, and confident. Sometimes, they can be reckless, short-tempered, and excessive.
The Lunar New Year celebrations in metro Detroit typically start sometime between late January and continuing through late February. With the pandemic precautions still intact for public safety, the traditional celebrations will primarily be held virtually with a couple of other ways to ring in the new year.
Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, February 5 @ 10am
Enjoy virtual performances of acrobatics, dances and yo-yo tricks by the Madison Chinese Dance Academy. Don’t miss out on participating in the demonstrations of traditional Chinese crafting and the classic lion dance. You can take a look at some of these virtual Chinese New Year events if you want to celebrate with others or consider some of these unique crafts for time with the kids.
Dinner and Entertainment
In addition to food being the center of new year traditions, families also use fireworks, vibrant dragons, lanterns, attend parades to see the lion dance and more. Here are some of the ways you can immerse yourself into the cultural traditions in your own home and backyard.
A little bit of both…
Mon Jin Lau Restaurant – Troy
Sunday, February 6
Dinner, which includes a prix fixed multi-course meal and live entertainment, starts at 6pm and tickets ($69) must be purchased in advance. Mon Jin Lau Restaurant wants diners seated and ready to take in a live rendition of the traditional lion dance at 7:15pm.
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Perfect Places for First or Second Plate…
Some of the celebratory foods eaten during Lunar New Year include spring rolls, dumplings, rice balls and fish —to bring about good luck throughout the year, of course. While many families probably already have recipes handed down to them, if you are looking for a great place to dine instead, here’s some of our favorite Chinese restaurants in the metro Detroit area:
The Peterboro is a casual restaurant located in Detroit’s Historic Chinatown serving contemporary American Chinese food with an extensive bar menu featuring craft cocktails, beer, wine, sake and sherry.
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Pekin Pavilion is a cornerstone in the Detroit community and has been recognized for its outstanding Chinese cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. The restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients.
New China One
New China One is a restaurant offering authentic and delicious tasting Chinese cuisine, including Kung Pao chicken. Affordable prices and a natural choice for dine-in or carry out meals. Experience the friendly atmosphere and excellent service.