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Chinese New Year in Nashville 2021

Lion dances and traditional food—Nashville knows how to celebrate the new lunar year in style!


Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin
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Nashville has several occasions to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year Gala and Chinese New Year Celebrations feature traditional program with lion dancers, dragon parades, cultural workshops, Chinese food, martial arts, and drummers. This year, both events will occur online.

Chinese New Year Online Gala (February 6, 2021)

Each winter, Greater Nashville Chinese Association (GNCA) presents the Chinese New Year Gala at Collins Alumni Auditorium of Lipscomb University. This event gathers friends and families of the Nashville area to welcome the Lunar New Year with Chinese traditions and foods. The Gala begins with a dinner, a mix of Chinese and American cuisines. A couple of hours later, performances begin: a wide range of traditional Chinese dances and demonstrations and the much-awaited "hongbao" (the red envelope giveaway). 2021 update: due to the health and safety restrictions, gathering crowds at Collins Auditorium isn't feasible. Thus, GNCA made a decision to hold an online event, where the major part will consist of videos submitted by the GNCA community.

Chinese New Year Celebration with CAAN (February 13, 2021; online)

Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville (CAAN) traditionally hosts the "Chinese New Year Celebration @ Hillsboro Village" at the Vanderbilt University’s Corner Park. The festive program includes jugglers, puppet shows, Chinese Yo-Yo, arts & crafts for kids, traditional Chinese dances, martial arts, and music. The event concludes with the Dragon Parade around the village. This event is free and open to the public of all ages. Everyone is encouraged to wear Chinese costumes or red clothes to celebrate Chinese New Year in style. 2021 update: this year, the CAAN Chinese New Year Celebration will be online on February 13, 2021, from 1 to 3 pm. As always, the program is free and open to everyone. Dancing, singing, drumming, juggling, lion and dragon dancers will still be on, but virtually. Several online workshops like Chinese naming, arts and crafts, Tai Chi basics, and Chinese speaking will also be included in the program. For more details, please, refer to the "External resources" section below.

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