Seattle Chinatown-International District Lunar New Year Celebration Feb. 21, and Tet Festival Vietnamese New Year, Feb. 21-22, Seattle Center.
Join in the festivities to welcome the Year of the Sheep at the Seattle Chinatown-International District Lunar New Year Celebration Saturday. Lion and dragon dances, firecrackers, taiko drums, and martial-arts demonstrations are among activities throughout the day in Hing Hay Park and surrounding neighborhood, drawing thousands for the popular annual event.
There’s a $2 Food Walk takeout menu of cuisines of China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia at neighborhood restaurants, with a chance to win international airfare for two with a visit to five or more participating eateries. Kids’ activities include the Children’s Parade and Costume Contest for the best cultural New Year’s outfit at 1:30 p.m. on the Main Stage.
Countries across Asia celebrate Lunar New Year with traditions varying from region to region, sharing common themes of family togetherness, good luck in the coming year and good food. This year, variously known as the sheep, ram or goat in the Chinese zodiac, relates to people born in 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943 and 1931 who are said to have sweet, sensitive natures. Sheep are generally regarded as auspicious, said to bring the world a year of calmness and stability.
Seattle Chinatown-International District Lunar New Year Celebration
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21.
Location: Hing Hay Park, 409 Maynard Ave. S., and surrounding neighborhood, Seattle.
Tet Festival Vietnamese Lunar New Year
Time: 11 a.m.to 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 21-22.
Location: Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion.
More info: 206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/festal.
The Tet Festival Vietnamese New Year welcomes the Year of the Goat, celebrating a thousand years of Vietnamese history and traditional and contemporary cultural traditions of Vietnam on Saturday and Sunday at Seattle Center.
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The festival opens with a Lion Dance accompanied by drums and firecrackers to bring good luck for the New Year and includes a Lion Dance workshop at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. There’s a cooking competition and marketplace with 20 food and craft vendors and continuous entertainment Saturday and Sunday. Arts and crafts and other activities for kids are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days and there’s a Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Armory Loft.
All events are free and everyone is welcome.
Happy New Year!