Lunar New Year celebrations kick off this weekend
The weekend brings the first of many planned Lunar New Year celebrations around the region. Many Asian cultures mark the event with colorful festivals, parades and performances, including the Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan and Mongolian communities, among others.
The Chinese celebrations often include the dramatic Lion and Dragon dances. Many of the region's events are centered around children and family activities:
- On Sunday, the local chapter of Families with Children from China holds their annual new year celebration at Eckstein Middle School from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. with games, children's carnival and dance performances.
In Pierce County:
- Next Saturday, February 5th, downtown Dupont businesses host a Year of the Rabbit celebration, according to The Hometown Clipper blog.
- Exit 133's Daniel Rahe reports the Year of the Rabbit brings the next installment of a city-wide scavenger hunt - of sorts - for glass art balls. An organization called Monkeyshines has placed 500 of the pieces, this year featuring a rabbit motif, around the city.
The Northwest Asian Weekly's calendar features a more complete listing of area events.