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3 ways to celebrate Lunar New Year in 2021

Events planned around Seattle to welcome Year of the Ox.

Lunar New Year activities: It’s not possible in 2021 to head out to crowded festivals in Seattle, but there are festive events planned to celebrate this Lunar New Year, the start of the Year of the Ox.

1. Tet, Seattle Center Festal: Starting on Friday, Feb. 5, and running through Friday, Feb. 12, you can watch the first-ever virtual Seattle celebration of Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. Events are being unlocked each day, so check the Tet festival page to find out what new events have been unveiled. The virtual lineup so far includes an artist gallery, crosswords and other puzzles, cooking instructional videos, storytelling, a K-Pop dance workshop, a fashion show, and musical performances, as well as a real-life goody bag pickup on Saturday, Feb. 6.

2. Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience: This year’s virtual festival activities will start on Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. The virtual celebration can be watched by Zoom link (registration required) or via a Facebook page live stream. (Craft kits for kids were available, but have already sold out! But you can find instructions and materials needed for Lunar New Year crafts online.)  For more information on individual events and performances, including a Shishi Mai lion blessing on Feb. 13, visit the museum’s event page.

3. Food Walk! On Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Chinatown-International District is hosting a Lunar New Year Food Walk. More information on the restaurants participating will be announced soon on the Lunar New Year Food Walk 2021 Facebook page.

This story was originally published on Feb. 7, 2021.

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