January 25th starts the Year of the White Metal Rat. As the first symbol of a new lunar cycle the Rat can bring luck and prosperity. People are serious about it, too - in Russia, with it's large Chinese population, pet shops report a shortage of domestic rats as buyers snap them up for new years gifts.
The year of the rat brings change. As the Chinese say: "The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time" and that might be the best way to tackle 2020. The Year of the Rat is coming and it's a flighty animal. Cautious optimism is the keyword for this Rat year during which there will be plenty of problems. Learn from the difficulties, go with the flow, stay close to home and postpone all critical issues to the future.
People born in the year of the Rat like to be first. They are open, optimistic, generous and relaxed, Vivid and idealistic, they have strong emotions, are deeply passionate and enjoy physical stimulation. They are good at relationships and have large families.
Rat people make good leaders and politicians. They have happy, lively personalities and are outgoing and fun. Adaptable and creative individuals who like a challenge, Rats are good at business. They are aware of financial opportunities and can control their feelings.
Rat people are good to know in times of conflict, as they are able to keep their head when things get rough. And though they may seem cool on the outside, they may be harboring strong inner passions and intense feelings. They can keep their calm by visiting religious places, doing charitable work and spending time with close friends and family with whom they can share their inner thoughts and emotions.
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ABOUT THE LUNAR NEW YEAR
New Year is one of the most important holidays in China. It lasts 2 weeks; friends and relatives are visited, parades and festivities abound, houses are decorated, special foods are eaten and there are things to avoid.
To bring wealth, happiness and fortune: eat dumplings, melon seeds and candy. Decorate your house with peach blossoms for luck, kumquat plants for prosperity, chrysanthemum for longevity. Open windows and doors to bring in the good luck of the new year and put up red good luck symbols. Don't sweep the house though, or you'll sweep out the luck you've carefully accumulated.
PARADES AND CELEBRATIONS
Here are some New Year events in New York City.
Lunar New Year lasts 2 weeks. During these weeks: eat, drink and be merry.
January events are at the beginning. February events are at the end.
January 25, 2020, 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Chatham Square (Bowery, Mott & E. Bdwy)
Lunar New Year Parade
February 9, 2020, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m
Major streets of Chinatown (Mott, Canal, Bowery, E. Bdwy, Chatham Sq. Grand)
Flushing Lunar New Year Parade and Concert
January 25, 2020 9:30 a.m.
St. George Church 38th Ave and Main St.
Queens Museum Lunar New Year Celebration for Families
January 26, 2020 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park
Lunar New Year Celebration
January 18, 2020 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Public Library, McKinley Park Branck, 6802 Ft. Hamilton Parkway
Chinese New Year Lion Dance
January 26, 2020 2:00 -4:00 p.m.
268 36th Street
Lunar New Year Celebration
January 25, 2020
Snug Harbor Cultural Center ($10)
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