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February 1, 2016
Lunar New Year
American Experience (719 S King St, Seattle). Celebrate the Year
of the Monkey at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific
American Experience. The event includes access to the “New
Years All Year Round” exhibit, which highlights Japanese,
Vietnamese, and Hmong traditions and celebrations; a lion dance
(11am); and Lunar New Year activities such as games, a stuffed
petting zoo, a zodiac scavenger hunt, prizes, crafts, and more. For
info, call (206) 623-5124 or visit <www.wingluke.org>.
Many community groups and
organizations are holding events in
celebration of the Lunar New Year.
Following are some events held
in Oregon and Washington.
Chinese New Year storytime
Feb 7, 11-11:30am, Green Bean Books (1600 NE Alberta St,
Portland). Join a Chinese New Year storytime with Shan-Shan
Chen and Heidi Goodman, the creators of Mei-Mei’s Lucky
Birthday Noodles. The event also includes a free red envelope
craft for children. For info, call (503) 954-2354 or visit <www.
“New Years All Year Round”
Dragon dance & parade
Currently on display, 10am-5pm (Tue-Sun), Wing Luke
Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (719 S King
St, Seattle). View a fun, family-friendly exhibit that looks at
Japanese, Vietnamese, and Hmong New Year traditions, colors,
games, and cuisine. For info, call (206) 623-5124 or visit <www.
Feb 7, 11am-2pm, NW Davis St & NW Fourth Ave (Portland).
Kick off the Lunar New Year with a mile-long parade in Portland.
The parade is part of a public celebration of two exhibits featured
at the Oregon Historical Society Museum. “Chinese American:
Exclusion/Inclusion” opened January 28 and “Beyond the Gate: A
Tale of Portland’s Historic Chinatowns” opens February 29. The
dragon dance begins at 11:00am at the corner of N.W. Davis &
Fourth, continues through Chinatown, heads down Third
Avenue, then goes up S.W. Jefferson. The celebration continues
at the Oregon Historical Society Museum (1200 SW Park Ave,
Portland) when the parade arrives around noon and includes tea,
sweet treats, and performances by local lion dance teams. For
info, call (503) 222-1741 or visit <www.ohs.org>.
Year of the Monkey Scratch-its
Currently available for sale, Oregon Lottery Retailers. For the
first time, the Oregon Lottery is offering a Year of the Monkey
Scratch-it game. The red and gold $1 tickets feature a top prize of
$888. For info, call (503) 540-1000 or visit <www.oregon
USPS Year of the Monkey stamp
Feb 5 (available for sale nationwide). The United States
Postal Service’s (USPS) new Forever Stamp commemorating the
Lunar New Year is available to the public beginning February 5,
2016. Designed by Kam Mak along with art director Ethel
Kessler, the Year of the Monkey stamp is the ninth of twelve in
the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The stamp art depicts
two bright reddish-orange peonies against a purple background
as well as a cut-paper design of a monkey and the Chinese
character for “monkey” drawn in grass-style calligraphy. For
info, call 1-800-275-8777 or visit <www.usps.com>.
Tet Festival 2016
Feb 6, 9:30am-5pm, Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall
D (777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland). Celebrate the
Year of the Monkey at the Vietnamese Community of Oregon’s
Tet Festival. Tet, a shortened name for Tet Nguyen Dan,
translates as the “first day” and marks the 23rd day of the 12th
month of the lunar calendar. Tet is a time to celebrate heritage,
honor ancestors, leave the past year’s problems behind, and make
a fresh start. The daytime festival features activities including a
lion dance, performances, music, an ao dai (long dress) pageant,
activities for children, recognition of outstanding students, free
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NEW YEAR 2016. New Year festivities at the Lan Su Chinese Garden
kick off February 8 with lion dances (pictured), a Chinese Wishing Tree,
“Rolling in the Wealth,” and more. The celebration continues through
February 22. (AR Photo/Jan Landis)
health screenings and information, and more. An evening of
musical performances takes place after the daytime festival from
8:00pm to midnight (tickets are required). For info, call (971)
222-5698 or visit <www.vnco.org>.
Chinese New Year Cultural Fair
Feb 6, 10am-5pm, Oregon Convention Center (777 NE Martin
Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland). Celebrate the Year of the
Monkey at the 2016 Chinese New Year Cultural Fair. The event
includes traditional and contemporary Chinese cultural
activities, including lion and dragon dances, martial arts
demonstrations, Chinese folk dance and music, and booths
offering food, products, and services. For info, call (503) 771-9560
or (503) 380-8788, or visit <www.portlandchinesetimes.com> or
Lunar New Year at The Wing
Feb 6, 11am-5pm, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific
Lunar New Year at Uwajimaya Plaza
Feb 7, 2pm, Uwajimaya Plaza (10500 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale
Hwy, Beaverton, Ore.). Watch Lunar New Year performances
held in honor of the Year of the Monkey at Uwajimaya. The event
features the Sunflower Chinese Dance Troupe at 2:00pm and a
lion dance at 2:45pm. For info, call (503) 643-4512 or visit <www.
VCA Chinese New Year
Feb 7, 6-9pm, Skyview High School (1300 NW 139th St,
Vancouver, Wash.). Enjoy food, performances, red envelopes, and
a raffle at the Vancouver Chinese Association’s (VCA) Chinese
New Year celebration. For info, call (360) 834-1858. To buy
tickets (required), call (360) 719-2118 or visit <www.vca-usa.
Chinese New Year celebration
Feb 8-22 (daily), 10am-5pm, Lan Su Chinese Garden (NW
Third Ave & NW Everett St, Portland). Ring in the Chinese
Lunar New Year — the Year of the Monkey — with a series of
activities, performances, and more at the Lan Su Chinese
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