Chinese New Year in 2020 begins on January 25. The multi-day celebration marks the start of a new year on the lunar calendar. The first day of Chinese New Year begins when the new moon appears between January 21 and February 20.
This year’s event runs through February 8, which is when the Lantern Festival is held, marking the official end of Chinese New Year celebrations.
Chinese New Year festivities entail lots of colorful decorations, sometimes a parade in your local Chinatown and plenty of traditional Chinese food consumed during Chinese New Year, including “longevity noodles” called 长寿面 (cháng shòu miàn) in Chinese. These long noodles are meant to be eaten without cutting them as a symbolic way of wishing for a long life. So the longer the noodle, the longer your life will be, according to Chinesenewyear.net.
Nian gao, a rice cake made of sticky glutinous rice, is another Chinese New Year staple. Nian gao has the same pronunciation as the Chinese word for tall or high, so this rice cake is eaten to wish for a higher, more successful year than the previous year.
As with many other major holidays, various venues across the country are offering several discounts and deals to celebrate Chinese New Year. Here we look at some of the best offers available.
Chinese New Year Deals
Nike has unveiled the Air Jordan 13 Retro Chinese New Year sneaker, featuring design details in honor of Chinese New Year, available for $200 at Nike and other shoe retailers including Footlocker and Finishline.
“The Air Jordan 13 Retro is based on the OG, panther-inspired model with responsive cushioning, premium leather and suede, and a webbed lacing system for a snug and supportive fit,” Nike describes on its website.
Nike is also offering the Kyrie 6 Chinese New Year shoe to celebrate the holiday, according to Solesense, as well as the Nike Air Max 1 Chinese New Year sneaker, which honors the winged horse, according to Sneaker News.
In honor of Chinese New Year, the Mandarin Oriental luxury hotel in New York City is offering the following per stay: daily free breakfast for up to two adults and two children under the age of 12, $50 worth of dining or spa service credit (or $100 of dining or spa service credit for those who book a suite) as well as a free upgrade to the next room category. The offer is valid through February 9. See the hotel’s website for full terms and conditions.
The five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel in San Francisco is offering a Chinese Afternoon Tea menu on January 26 for $98 per person. Guests can also enjoy a Premier Tea for $115 per person, which is served with a glass of Schramsberg California Sparkling Wine or a Royal Tea at $125 per person, served with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Brut ‘Yellow Label’ as well as strawberries and cream.
The hotel is also said to be offering a Lunar New Year tasting menu for $155 per person on January 31 as well as February 1, 7 and 8.
T-Mobile in San Francisco is offering various deals on wireless technology at its stand at the Flower Fair, taking place on Grant Avenue in the city’s Chinatown area through the weekend.
The Castle Inn in Rhode Island, from the luxury Relais & Châteaux hotel group, is offering a Chinese New Year package with a Cantonese-inspired five-course tasting menu for $92 per person ($127 per person with wine and other beverage pairings), available until February 2. The menu includes a roasted duck breast dish made with “lion’s head” meatballs and served with braised cabbage, lobster tempura and a “fava bean chawanmushi” made with clams and black bean sauce.
It’s not too late to grab some Chinese New Year decorations at a bargain, such as a two-piece Chinese red lantern set for $5.19 (reduced from $39.99) at Walmart.
Buy a 12-pack case of accordion style Chinese New Year red paper lanterns for $35.13 (reduced from $54.14) at Walmart.
Or bag a bulk case of Quasimoon 30 inch traditional Chinese New Year paper lanterns with tassels for $100.58 (reduced from $185.95) at Walmart.
Target is offering a “Buy 2 get 1 free” offer on video games, movies and books, including a selection of Chinese New Year-themed children’s books priced from $5.99.
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