5 Southeast Michigan Events to Ring in the Lunar New Year

Say goodbye to the Year of the Tiger and welcome the Year of the Rabbit at these local events.
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Many people celebrate the first day of a new year on Jan. 1, but for the billions of people around the world that celebrate the Lunar New Year, also called the Chinese New Year, the year 2023 — otherwise known as The Year of the Rabbit — won’t start until Jan. 22.

The Lunar New Year lasts for 15 days, and includes fireworks, music and dance performances, Asian food, and more. Here’s a sampling of celebrations around southeast Michigan.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Kids ages 6-12 are invited to the library to listen to stories about the Lunar New Year, learn about zodiac animals, make a dragon craft, and more. Jan. 19. No cost. Wayne Public Library, 3737 S. Wayne Road, Wayne; facebook.com.

Lunar New Year Celebration Concert

Yvonne Lam, a violin and viola faculty member at MSU The College of Music, brings together Michigan State University artists as well as special guests who will perform the works of composers of Asian descent. A reception at the Billman Music Pavilion immediately follows the concert. Jan. 21. $10-$12. Cook Recital Hall, 333 W. Circle Drive, East Lansing; music.msu.edu.

Lunar New Year Planetarium Shows

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Is hosting live shows on the Chinese Lunisolar calendar, Chinese star mythology, and astronomical work being done by the Chinese Community. Saturdays Jan. 21-28. $8. Planetarium & Dome Theater at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, 1105 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor; events.umich.edu.

Lunar New Year Concert with Xiao Dong

Xiao Dong Wei was accepted into the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing at 11 years old. A decade later, she earned her degree and became a Master of the Erhu, the two-string Chinese violin. She has performed as a soloist with the DSO and was featured on NPR. Enjoy her musical talents at this Lunar New Year celebration. Jan. 22. $20 in advance. Hawk Community Center, 29995 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills; app.arts-people.com.

Celebrate Lunar New Year

Celebrate the Lunar New Year that “draws upon Asian traditions, past and present.” There will be a fashion show, live performance, food samples, rabbit balloons, a raffle, and even some freebies. Jan. 28. No cost. Fairlane Town Center, 18900 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; facebook.com.

 Did we miss your favorite Lunar New Year event? Tell us about it in the comments so we can add the event to our list.

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