Lunar New Year

The Lunar Calendar

Lunar New Year celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunar calendar. Commonly referred to as the Spring Festival, cultures across Asia celebrate Lunar New Year with their own varied customs and traditions. Each year, the lunar calendar is represented by one the 12 zodiacs – which are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

The first day of the festival begins on the first new moon of the lunar calendar, which varies year to year, depending on the cycles of the moon. Generally, the holiday lands between January 21st and February 20th, and lasts 15 days from New Year’s Eve to the 15th day of the New Year. Traditionally, New Year’s eve and New Year’s day are reserved for family celebrations, including religious ceremonies to honor ancestors. Communities celebrate with cultural dances, fireworks, and plenty of traditional foods such as niang gao (sticky rice cake) and fish, to symbolize a surplus in luck and wealth.

Chinese zodiac animals

Celebrate with Food and Traditional Performances

The Lunar New Year Celebration highlights each zodiac animal and celebrates the year and its symbolism, right in the historic neighborhood of Chinatown-ID. Since its inception, our Lunar New Year Celebration is one of the largest events of its kind in the region and showcases diversity, richness, and culture of the Asian community.

The collaboration with other neighborhood businesses and organizations has helped draw thousands of visitors from throughout the region for a day of festivities. The celebration includes traditional dragon and lion dances, martial arts, Japanese Taiko Drumming, and other cultural performances on the Main Stage. Visitors are also able to participate in our Annual $3 Food Walk and sample items from local businesses. A variety of family-friendly activities. combined with small arts and crafts vendors, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

Lion dancers on stage
Crowds watching performance
Korean performers
Hmong performers
Lion dance costume heads