Celebrate the Year of the Rat at Hillsdale Shopping Center

It’s the Year of the Rat and Hillsdale Shopping Center is hosting a 2020 Lunar New Year celebration on Sunday, January 19th at 1pm. Festivities begin with Lion Dancers, in vivid, colorful, dragon-like costumes performing their traditional dance, accompanied by music and heart-pounding beating drums.

images courtesy of Hillsdale Shopping Center

The event is free and fun for the entire family so grab a group and head to Hillsdale’s Macy’s Center Court – Lower Level. Local schools will perform traditional dances, songs, and martial arts demonstrations. Chinese calligraphers will be on hand to pen ancient characters on commemorative cards. Kids can make Year of the Rat crafts and receive lucky red envelopes symbolizing energy, happiness and good wishes.

Kicking off a celebration that lasts for 15 days and culminates with the Lantern Festival, each Lunar New Year is associated with one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. For 2020, it’s The Year of the Rat.

Are you a rat? Years of the Rat include people born in: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.

Lucky Things for Rats

Lucky Months: March, September, and November.
Colors: blue, gold, green
Numbers: 2, 3
Flowers: lily, African violet, valley lily
Directions of auspiciousness: southeast, northeast
Directions of wealth: southeast, east
Directions of love: west

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