Top Ways To Celebrate Lunar New Year In South Florida

January 20, 2014 8:00 AM

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January 31, 2014 is this year’s date for the Lunar New Year. The date for this celebration of the New Year changes each year as it’s based on the moon’s cycles. The day is most known to be celebrated by the Chinese but there are other cultures ringing in the New Year on this cycle such as the people of Japan. These parties and cultural events/activities offer memorable ways to ring in the Year of the Horse with music, food, live entertainment and special surprises. The fun starts from about a week before and continues through mid-February.
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Chinese New Year Brunch

Nikki Beach Miami
1 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-1111

Date: Jan. 26, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Nikki Beach’s Sunday Brunch gets a twist in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Amazing Chinese cuisine will be on the menu and of course the environment of the sprawling beach venue will be transformed into a wondrous celebration of Asian culture. The music throughout the afternoon will be provided by top DJs for an exciting and enjoyable event. Brunch reservations are available on a per-person basis and drinks such as mimosas are offered for special prices for paid brunch guests.

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PK Oriental Market

255 N.E. 167th St.
Miami, FL 33162
(305) 654-9646

For those looking to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year traditionally, preparation for the holiday begins days before with a thorough cleaning of the home similar to the Western tradition of spring cleaning. Food and beverages for the New Year’s dinner may be purchased at PK Oriental Market in North Miami for hard-to-find Chinese cuisine items as well as the traditional Lunar New Year dinner meals of fish and dumplings. Dessert does well with special snacks from the region as well as fun treats such as lychee fruit. Fireworks are also part of the tradition as well as giving away red envelopes with money in them to children in order to wish healthy lives with longevity.

Shen Yun

Au-Rene Theatre, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 S.W. 5th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 522-5334

Dates: Jan. 31. through Feb. 2, 2014

Shen Yun is an exciting live stage show that has enjoyed much global success including many sold-out performances. Shen Yun arrives to Fort Lauderdale for a three-day weekend with four shows with a nice variety of ticket prices depending on seating locations. The show covers 5,000 years of Chinese history, arts, culture and tales with incredible energy, movement, color and sound. The Chinese dance is accompanied by live orchestral music integrated with ancient Chinese instruments such as the pipa.

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28 Chinese

Rubell Family Collection
95 N.W. 29th St.
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 573-6090

The 28 Chinese exhibit runs from December through August. The legendary and expansive space of the Rubell Family Collection features 28 galleries highlighting 28 different Chinese artists – Li Ming, Chen Wei, Huang Yong Ping and many more. The Rubells traveled to China six times between 2001 and 2012 and acquired these pieces from those journeys in such places as Chengdu, Beijing and Guangzhou. The featured works vary across media including sculptures, installations, mixed media works and video art.

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Feng Shui For Balanced Living

P.O. Box 6084
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310
(954) 609-2584

Balanced Living is a Fort Lauderdale-based firm by Advanced Feng Shui Consultant Michelle Luongo. She goes to clients’ homes and businesses to assess factors such as construction, furniture placement and lighting to establish the best energy according to the Chinese practice of science, art and philosophy for harmonious balance. The results are meant to improve living and foster better energy and she also works to be sure that everything looks as nice as it feels. Even long-distance consultations are possible for busy clients or for distant properties of clients via floor plans, photos, videos and other means of giving accurate views of the spaces.

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