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Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rat at Panda Express

Mark your calendars because January 25, 2020 marks the beginning of Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac. Panda Express is a great place to celebrate!

What is Lunar New Year?

Lunar New Year traditionally includes the coming together of family and friends to feast and welcome the new year. A variety of lucky foods are served because of their symbolic meaning surrounding either their Chinese pronunciation or physical appearance — with individual dishes representing specific aspects of good fortune to come in the new year.

Panda Express locations in Southern Arizona serve egg rolls, which symbolize wealth; long chow mein noodles that symbolize long life; and shrimp that symbolize happiness — making celebrating Lunar New Year with your family fun and delicious!

Another tradition of Lunar New Year is the giving of red envelopes, called hong bao in Mandarin. These monetary gifts are given at social and family gatherings to children and unmarried adults during Lunar New Year. The color red symbolizes good luck and is said to ward off evil spirits.

Celebrate Lunar New Year at Panda Express

To bring good fortune to your family this year, enjoy a family meal at your nearest Panda Express to celebrate Lunar New Year beginning January 25. You can also make your own red envelope donation to kids treated at TMC for Children at the register.

Your donation will help kids like Wes. When Wes was busy being a typical toddler, he was diagnosed with Vertebral Osteomyelites, a rare infection occurring between the intervertebral discs of the spine. His treatment consisted of antibiotics and therapy horses. When you make a donation or buy a red envelope from Panda Express this Lunar New Year you help fund programs like pediatric therapies. Read more of Wes’ story here.

Join nearly 20% of the world that celebrates the thousands of years old tradition of Lunar New Year at Panda Express.

In 2019, Panda Express employees and customers donated more than $250,000! Panda Express is a top partner for Southern Arizona and continues their success year after year. Visit your local Panda Express and donate today!