The year 2020 officially began on January 1, but only for the western world. For millions of people on the other side of the planet, the new one has not yet arrived, and in fact, you can be part of the celebration to welcome it. A Chinese New Year Festival is coming to Dallas next month and will be free to attend. This will be the perfect opportunity to see things from other culture's perspectives and have a great deal of fun.

The annual event will be happening on February 1 at NorthPark Center. This year, you can celebrate the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar with tons of activities from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The festival is open to everyone and will be filled with incredible performances such as dragon and lion dances, musical acts, and martial-arts demos. 

Attendees will also enjoy art-making, calligraphy, wellness activities, cultural performances, giveaways, and more. The event is organized by the Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas.According to the 2020 Chinese horoscope, the Lunar New Year starts on Saturday, January 25th, and ends on February 11th, 2021. This is the year of the rat.

The festivities will feature retail specials and giveaways, as well as art and activities, Chinese-lantern making among them.

If you attend, you will enjoy Chinese-inspired landscape displays and the majestic dances, typical of these kinds of celebrations. 

The musical and martial art performances will include kung fu and tai chi, and the festival-goers can also attend to red-envelope decorating crafts and paper-cutting demos. One of the most popular Chinese traditions is to write good wishes in red paper to attract luck. 

Traditional dance and music performances, a firework show, red lanterns, and decorations will be an essential part of this traditional festival. 

Cooking demos will be happening as part of the celebrations, and there will also be Asian food trucks on-site, so try some mouthwatering creations that can also bring great luck to the upcoming period. Don't miss out on the dumplings!

The rat is the first of the 12 animals that make up the Chinese horoscope. That means 2020 is a year of beginnings or renewals.

Even for us on this side of the world, the year inaugurates a new decade, so that's pretty important. 

According to the Chinese beliefs, it means that you'd probably want to close anything vital while it is still 2019 (which is until January 25th). The new year is also an excellent opportunity to try new things and develop new plans. Are you ready?

Chinese New Year Festival

Price: Free

When: Feb. 1, 2020

Address: 8687 N. Central Expy, Dallas, Texas

Why You Need To Go: Celebrate the arrival of the New Lunar Chinese Year, The Year Of The Rat, with a massive and free festival in Dallas. How cool!