Three Local Events to Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Chinese New Year Float
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It’s time to say goodbye to the Year of the Tiger and welcome the Year of the Rabbit (or Cat)! On Jan. 22, Asian communities across the world will come together to celebrate the start of a new year! 

Lunar New Year, also commonly referred to as the Spring Festival, Tết or Seollal, is an annual holiday celebrated by most Asian cultures, each with their own unique traditions. For thousands of years, the Spring Festival has been one of the most important holidays for Asian communities. Celebrations often span over multiple days, beginning on the first new moon on the lunar calendar and ending on the first full moon. Families gather to share meals and enjoy their time together. 

Although not recognised as an official public holiday in the U.S., local Asian communities continue to honor their traditions yearly. Here are some events happening in Seattle that celebrate the 2023 Lunar New Year!

Lunar New Year Story & Craft

The Redmond Library will host a family-friendly storytime and craft event on Jan. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. 

Lunar New Year Fair

Celebrate with a variety of activities, ranging from a traditional lion dance performance to calligraphy class, on Jan. 28 at Wing Luke Museum.

Food Walk & Performances

Seattle’s Chinatown International District will be hosting their annual food walk and dance performances at Hing Hay Park on Feb. 4.

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