CELEBRATING AN ANNUAL ASIAN TRADITION
The Lunar New Year has come again, and both Seattleites and non-Seattleites alike are gearing up for the annual celebration.
For many countries, this annual tradition symbolizes new resolutions and hope.
This celebration is common in Asia, and different countries honor the tradition based off of their culture and religion.
If you’re looking to hit the closest Lunar New Year parties, we’ve got a list for you:
Chinese New Year Celebration
The annual Chinese Year Celebration honors the Year of the Pig, one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.
What’s a good party without great drinks? Lucky Envelope Brewing in Ballard plans on offering a number of Lunar New Year-themed drinks.
The event is scheduled from 12-10 p.m., February 1-2. On Feb. 1, the Panda Dim Sum food truck will be there.
Lunar New Year Celebration & Fair
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is celebrating Lunar New Year with a day full of activities for the whole family, including the “Lion Dance,” a traditional Chinese performance.
Local crafters and artists will be present, and attendees who are interested in zodiac signs will have the chance to learn more.
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience will be hosting their Lunar New Year event on Feb. 2, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. If you bring your student ID, it’s $15 at the door.
Asia Pacific New Year Fair
The Asia Pacific New Year Fair is coming to a dome near you. The Tacoma Dome will be hosting the 21st annual celebration, with the addition of the Hawaiian culture.
The fair showcases over 46 Asia Pacific countries and their cultural heritage, such as dance, music, arts, food and history.
The Asia Pacific New Year Fair is scheduled from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Feb. 9. Admission is free.
Lunar New Year Celebration at the International District
The Chinatown celebration for Lunar New Year is one of the biggest celebrations around the Seattle area. There will be performances including traditional dragon and lion dances, Japanese Taiko Drumming, martial arts and other cultural performances.
Arts, crafts and a variety of family friendly activities are available for children to participate in.
There will also be a $3 Asian Food Walk featuring restaurants around the International district.
The event is free from 11 a.m-4 p.m. on February 9 and $3 for the Asian Food Walk.
Bellevue Collection Lunar New Year
The museum and the dome may not be your scene — that’s okay. There’s also the Bellevue Collection Lunar New Year, a free event at Bellevue Square in Center Court.
A number of interactive and traditional events will be happening, ranging from Shaolin martial arts to dragon parades.
The event is free from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Feb. 24.