Best Ways To Celebrate Lunar New Year In South Florida
Chinese New Year Festival
Miami Dade College Kendall Campus
11011 S.W. 104 St.
Miami, FL 33176
Date: Feb. 17
Miami Dade College Kendall Campus hosts the annual Chinese New Year Festival on February 17th. The 25th anniversary of the festival is a fun, activity-filled family event with great Asian culutral shows, games, food and performances. Discover the meaning behind the year of the Snake through acrobatic movement, a lion and dragon dance, music, children's activities and more. Vendors from the tourism industry to fashion and food provide shopping and other entertaining extras.
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Chinese Tea Ceremony with Master Tsai
3570 Main Highway
Miami, FL 33133
Date: Feb. 10
Prepare for the newest Lunar Year with moments of reflection, peace, nature, art and enjoyment. Zen Village is hosting a Chinese tea ceremony with the center's founder, Master Chufei Tsai. The Chinese way of tea was thought of traditionally as a time for deep, philosophical thoughts, so the practice goes well beyond enjoying tasty drinks. The tea service is on Sunday, February 10 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended as spots fill quickly.
Dragon Dance & Dinner
Fontainebleau Hotel & Resort
4441 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Date: Feb. 10
Hakkasan is a top-caliber fine dining Cantonese cuisine restaurant located in the excitement-filled Fontainebleau Hotel & Resort in Miami Beach. With such luxurious surroundings, your meal alone will be memorable. Hakkasan serves great Chinese dishes, incorporating locally sourced ingredients for meals like roasted mango duck with lemon sauce, braised Japanese abalone with sea cucumber, Maine lobster noodle and stir-fry scallop. The annual dragon dance will be held in the evening starting in the lobby and finishing finally in the restaurant.
Oriental Meridian Massage & Aromatherapy
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
500 Brickell Key Drive
Miami, FL 33131
Ring in the new year feeling relaxed, refreshed and centered from a luxe 150-minute spa experience. Brickell Key's Mandarin Oriental Hotel offers the Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapies incorporating traditional Chinese medicine, oriental meridian massage and aromatherapy essential oils. The session begins with a private consultation for the therapist to determine the guest's current state of being which then affects the methods used in that particular massage session. Post-massage, guests are given bonus nutrition and fitness consultations.
Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner Party
PK Oriental Market
255 N.E. 167 St.
Miami, FL 33162
Fun in the Miami sun comes to a grinding halt with a visit to the Holocaust Memorial, strategically located in a largely Jewish section of Miami Beach. A riveting and moving series of sculptures depict the fear and horror of the mass extermination of over 6 million Jews and countless other ethnicities. The centerpiece is the "Sculpture of Love and Anguish," an enormous hand sculpted of painted bronze that springs from the ground, reaching skyward, revealing a tattooed number on the forearm just like those used to brand Jews in Auschwitz. The hand beseeches the heavens while the souls of the condemned wrap around the forearm in an anguished ribbon of death.
What's more fun than spending quality time with close friends in an intimate environment? Peruse the web for favorite Chinese recipes, from kung pao chicken and egg fried rice to mu shu pork and lo mein, and invite close friends and family over to celebrate the night. Even the most obscure of ingredients can be found locally at PK Oriental Market. Fresh meat, seafood and poultry to esoteric Chinese teas and sweets can be found in the expansive market on the popular 167 Street. Have guests dress up in the spirit and pass around lucky fish to make fun predictions for the year of the Snake.
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