Watch a traditional lion dance at this Seattle Lunar New Year celebration

Jan 20 2020, 10:42 am

While you may have celebrated your new year on January 1, Asian-Americans like to celebrate a second new year, the Lunar New Year. This Saturday, come on out to the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience for an authentic Lunar New Year celebration.

The museum aims to teach the public about the traditions of the Lunar New Year, which follows the phases of the moon. This year, the celebration lands on January 25 and is the year of the rat.

The main attractions of any Lunar New Year celebration are undoubtedly the lion and dragon dances. On January 25 at 10 am, witness an energetic traditional lion dance complete with drums and firecrackers outside of the Wing Luke Museum.

 

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After the lion dance, grab a passport and wander through the museum. You’ll be able to play games, create crafts, get your face painted, join a scavenger hunt, and even pet a new year’s animal in the stuffed animal zoo.

 

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Those 12 and under can participate in a 2020 Year of the Rat coloring contest and have the chance to win a Seattle Attractions Experience or Woodland Park Zoo prize pack .

 

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Tickets for the event go on sale at 9:30 am, Saturday, January 25. Those looking to skip the lines can register online for an advanced ticket, while kids aged 12 and under and students with valid school IDs can attend for free.

Lunar New Year Celebration and Fair

When: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Wing Luke Museum — 719 South King Street, Seattle
Admission: 15+; tickets can be purchased in-person or online