The food and entertainment of the Chinese New Year (CNY) come alive at the International Cottages, Balboa Park, Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26, 2020, from 11 AM to 5 PM. CNY food, exhibits, and entertainment are organized by the House of China ( The International Cottages are located southwest of the Organ Pavilion.

Food: grilled meats (BBQ); egg rolls; jian bing crepes; baos; dumplings; pastries; and boba milk tea.

Saturday, January 25 (11AM to 4PM) – Southern Sea Dragon; kendo sword demonstration; Blue Ming dancers; pipa lute music; guzheng zither music; White Dragon lion dancers. 

Sunday, January 26 (2PM to 4PM) – Confucius Institute performances; Three Treasurers Cultural Arts Society lion dancers.

Raffle Tickets ($1000 Grand Prize):
Tickets:  $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. 
Drawing: Saturday,
February 1, 2020.  (winner need not be present to win.)

The Rat is the first of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. People born within these date ranges are “Year of the Rat” people.

24 January 1936 – 10 February 1937; 10 February 1948 – 28 January 1949; 28 January 1960 – 14 February 1961;
15 February 1972 – 2 February 1973;
2 February 1984 – 19 February 1985; 19 February 1996 – 6 February 1997;
7 February 2008 – 25 January 2009

A Rat person has good vitality and gives people the impression that it is smart, nimble, and filled with enterprising spirits.  People born in the year of the Rat are optimistic, cheerful, do not fall into low spirits no matter how hard the circumstances, and will fight for their lives.  At the same time, they are sensitive and have good intuition and imagination, but they are not good at logically drawing their own conclusions.

Blue Ming Dancers   Kendo Demonstration  
White Dragon Martial Arts   Dragon Dance
JianBingCrepes   Dumplings