Lexington Chinese New Year Celebration 2020 Events
Gung hay fat choy! / Happy Lunar New Year!
Couldn’t get enough of New Year celebrations on December 31 this year? Don’t worry, because the Chinese Lunar New Year is just around the corner, and so it’s time to celebrate all over again. According to the Chinese Zodiac, this year is the Year of the Rat. The very first of the Zodiac animals, the rat represents intelligence and vitality. According to ancient Chinese tradition, the Jade Emperor called for river race among all animals to decide who should be his royal cards. The cat and the rat were good friends, but bad swimmers, so they decided to slip onto the big, strong ox’s back before the start of the race and ride across. But just before the ox was about to cross the finish line, the rat pushed the cat off the ox’s back and lept ahead, taking first place for himself. The ox took second, and the cat didn’t place at all -- making the rat and cat enemies for all time. The Jade Emperor, impressed with the rat’s cleverness, named him as the first of the Zodiac animals.
This year, instead of ordering takeout or watching Kung Fu Panda for the eighth time, come celebrate the Year of the Rat with the Kentucky Chinese American Association at the Lexington Opera House! The KYCAA is a non-profit and non-political organization that serves Kentucky communities by promoting the appreciation of Chinese culture and heritage, enhancing cross-cultural understanding through educational programs. KYCAA provides opportunities for interaction, networking, and collaborations among its members and between members and their communities, as evidenced by their annual Chinese New Year celebration.
From 4:00 – 6:45 pm, shop at the holiday market with festival foods, crafts, traditional costumes, calligraphy, a mini-Chinese class, and cultural displays. Be sure to bring your kids for family activities and crafts that stress appreciation for Chinese culture and traditions. Once you’re done, sit back and enjoy the performance part of the celebration from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. As always, this year’s show features Chinese folk music, songs and dances. This year’s performance includes a Chinese music ensemble with instruments like the Erhu, Hulusi, Yangqin, Pipa, and Jinhu, plus a dragon dance, acrobatics, and the Sichuan Opera (Face Changing).
Quick Info: KYCAA Chinese New Year Celebration 2020
Date: Sunday, Jan 26, 2020
Location: Lexington Opera House (401 West Short Street Lexington, KY 40507)
Times: 4:00 – 6:45 pm holiday market; 7:00 – 9:00 pm performances
Tickets: Tickets are only $15 each. To book tickets, you may call (859) 224-
8072 or (859) 8064024. For questions, send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Will you have intelligence and cleverness, like the rat, this 2020? We here at BHGRE Cypress certainly hope so! Happy Lunar New Year from all of us!
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