The Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, starts with the new moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The 15th day of the new year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade.
2012 is the Year Of The Dragon and begins on January 23, and is considered an lucky year. There are many ways to celebrate here in the Seattle area, from festivals to at-home celebrations.
At the Wing Luke Museum, on Saturday, January 21, join them for their Family Fun Day activities! Teaching artist Yuki Chikamura will show you how to make a washi pencil holder. Cheer on the The Lieu Quan Lion Dance Team as they rid The Wing of any bad luck, and check out the opening of the newest KidPLACE exhibit New Years All Year Round, featuring Korean, Chinese, and Cambodian New Year celebrations. There will also be a special Japanese Tea Ceremony hosted by the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Seattle Association.
Head down to the International District (ID) for their Lunar New Year Celebration 2012 on Saturday, January 28. There will be nonstop entertainment throughout the day including Lion and Dragon dances, second annual Food Walk, Taiko drumming, martial arts and the third annual Children’s Parade Contest where kiddies can strut their best New Year’s cultural outfit on stage!
Looking for an event sans children? Check out Otis Kenyon Wines’ Chinese New Year Celebration in their Woodinville tasting room, January 21 and 22. See decorations they acquired while living in Singapore and sample Lunar New Year treats with their Walla Walla wines.
Planning your own celebration? Check out my post for last year’s Year Of The Rabbitwhich will link you to previous posts and lots of inspiration ideas.
Fun paper lanterns from Jellyfish Jelly are easy to make. Create a few for party decor, and guests can make their own as well.
Craft a mini version of the monster-size dragon used during holiday parades and festivities. This festive ribbon dragon from FamilyFun is the perfect activity…we made them at our own party a few years ago.