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The Americana at Brand to Host the Lunar New Year Celebration
January 19 2:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Marking its 11th year, the highly anticipated annual Lunar New Year celebration returns to kick-off the Year of the Metal Rat, hosted by The Americana at Brand on Sunday, January 19, 2020. The festivities will feature an opening parade highlighting the classic Dragon Dance, as well as the Lion Dance, traditional Korean and Chinese dances and a dazzling magic show. Additional activities include calligraphy, sugar painting, dough figurine making and more.
The festivities will showcase food and drink for purchase from Bacari GDL, along with Asian-inspired specialty vendors including Belly Bombz, Lee’Poof Cotton Candy, Seoul Street and Woo’s Crepe. Guests will also have the opportunity to receive lucky red envelopes from the God of Wealth that contain prizes and special offers redeemable at Nordstrom, Ray-Ban, Kiehl’s, gorjana and other select retailers and restaurants at The Americana at Brand.
Visit https://AmericanaAtBrand.com for a full list of specials and a complete schedule of events.
ABOUT THE YEAR OF THE METAL RAT:
The rat is the first animal of the 12-year cycle which appears in the Chinese zodiac calendar. Rats are industrious, thrifty, diligent, and positive. People born in the Year of the Rat are known to be instinctive and acute. They have a keen intuition and can always react properly to worst of circumstances are sophisticated, thrive in social setting, very adaptable, and popular with others.
2020 is the Year of the “Metal” Rat which begins January 25, 2020 and ends on February 11, 2021.
Notable names born in the Year of the Rat include George Washington, Eminem, George H. W. Bush, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mark Zuckerberg, Scarlett Johansson, and Katy Perry.
ABOUT THE LION DANCE:
The Lion Dance is performed to frighten away evil spirits and bring luck and fortune in with the New Year. The lion will visit the houses and shops to perform the traditional custom of “cai ching” (採青), literally means “plucking the greens,” a quest by the lion to pluck the auspicious green, normally lettuce which in Chinese called ‘cai’ (菜) that sound like ‘cai’ (財) (fortune). The lion will dance and approach the “green,” eat the “green” and spit it out leave it in a nice arrangement, like an auspicious character.