Last weekend marked the start of week-long celebrations in Seattle of Lunar New Year 2017, the year of the Rooster. Celebrations culminate this weekend, Sunday, Jan. 29, in the city's Chinatown International District, which is actually the day after the first day of the new year.
On Saturday, Jan 28, the Lunar New Year will be celebrated at Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. Watch the Lion Dance with drums, firecrackers, and dancers outside the museum at 11 a.m
A very important holiday, Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian cultures in the United States and around the world. In my own Vietnamese culture, it's called Tết, and we wish everyone: "Chúc mừng năm mới." The holiday celebrates family reunions, happiness, delicious and special food, participating in games, giving lucky money to children and elderly, and rejoicing in the promise of the year ahead. According to the Lunar Calendar, we will be starting the year 4715. The Islamic calendar, which is mostly used for religious purposes, is also based on lunar cyclic phases.
Chúc mừng năm mới to you all and best wishes for a prosperous and joyful new year!