Lunar New Year traditions vary across Asia, but all share common themes of family togetherness, good luck in the coming year and good food. According to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle, it’s the start of the Year of the Dog, symbolizing loyalty, compatibility and kindness.

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Lion dances, firecrackers and entertainment will welcome the Year of the Dog at Tet in Seattle Vietnamese Lunar New Year at Seattle Center on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10-11, and the Lunar New Year Celebration in Seattle’s Chinatown International District on that Sunday.

Lunar New Year traditions vary across Asia, but all share common themes of family togetherness, good luck in the coming year and good food. According to the Chinese 12-year animal zodiac cycle, it’s the start of the Year of the Dog, symbolizing loyalty, compatibility and kindness.

Tet in Seattle Vietnamese Lunar New Year Celebration welcomes the return of spring and chases out evil spirits with the roaring lion dance, firecrackers and traditions from a thousand years of Vietnamese history. Festivities open each day on the Armory Stage with the lion dance performed by people in an ornate costume with a large, fanciful lion head to bring luck in the New Year. The Armory also hosts a Cultural Village, Art Gallery, cooking demonstrations at noon and children’s activities throughout both days. Fisher Pavilion hosts Vietnamese music and dance performances and martial-arts demonstrations Saturday and Sunday, and a fashion show at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Tet in Seattle Vietnamese Lunar New Year

Time: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10-11

Location: Seattle Center Armory and Fisher Pavilion, Seattle

More info: 206-684-7200 or tetinseattle.org

Lunar New Year Celebration

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11

Location: Chinatown International District, South King Street and Maynard Avenue South and surrounding area, Seattle

More info:cidbia.org/events/lunar-new-year

Sunday’s Lunar New Year Celebration in Seattle’s Chinatown International District also opens with a lion dance to kick off a day of performances including Hawaiian, Thai, Chinese and Korean traditional dance, martial-arts demonstrations and Taiko drumming. The annual Costume Contest invites kids, adults and pets to show off their best cultural New Year’s outfits on stage at 1 p.m., and everyone is invited to participate in cultural activities featuring calligraphy drawing, Chinese yo-yos and other activities throughout the neighborhood.

The $3 Food Walk, one of the festival’s most popular features, offers bites from cuisines of China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia at restaurants around the Chinatown International District. Sample and collect stamps from five or more restaurants for entry in a drawing for round-trip airline tickets at the end of the day.

All are welcome, and both events are free. Happy new year!

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