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2018 Lunar New Year Celebration - Year of the Dog

The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the year for many Asian families. Lunar New Year, commonly known as Chinese New Year, is an official holiday in many countries including China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam.

The Lunar New Year begins on Friday, February 16, and lasts until March 2. Each year is symbolized by an animal of the Chinese Zodiac. This year, it's the eleventh sign -- the dog.

Chinese New Year Dining in Bellevue

Chinese New Year is another season to celebrate and what better way to bring in the Year of the Dog than to gather family and friends and feast! Here are some of Bellevue's favorite Asian and Chinese restaurants to celebrate with your family and friends in true Chinese style.

Crispy Duck at Peony Kitchen | Stir Fried Lamb with Green Chili Peppers at La Bu La | Seafood Hotpot at King's Chinese Restaurant |

  Seafood Noodles at Baron's Xi'An Kitchen & Bar |
  Hot pot at Boiling Point |
  Braised Lamb Casserole at Shanghai Cafe |  
Baron's Xi'An Kitchen & Bar | 425-625-2165
Kick off the Year of the Dog at Baron's at Lincoln Square South on Friday, February 16 at 4:45pm with a traditional Lion Dance to bring good luck and fortune. Continue in the festivity with a special menu, lucky red envelope to all dinners including some with a surprise complimentary $49 signature Peking Duck. The celebration including hongbao (lucky red envelope) and other celebratory items runs through March 2. There will be a second Lion Dance on Sunday, February 18 at 7:30pm.

Shanghai Cafe | 425-603-1689

Wild Ginger | 425-495-8889

Peony Kitchen | 425-502-7652

Din Tai Fung | 425-698-1095

Boiling Point | 425-455-8375

Monsoon East | 425-635-1112

La Bu La | 425-688-7991

Facing East | 425-688-2986

Toy's Cafe & Bakery | 425-454-8815

King's Chinese Restaurant | 425-378-8009


The Bravern | Saturday, February 24 - 1 - 4PM

Join The Bravern in the celebration of the richly diverse cultural heritage of the East that represents exclusive joyfulness and exuberance. The Bellevue Lunar New Year celebration will feature dragon and lion dances, lantern art, flower arrangement, and face painting.

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The Bellevue Collection | Saturday, February 24 - 11AM - 6PM

Bellevue celebrates the Lunar New Year on one spectacular and colorful day filled with dance, music and art, including traditional events such as the Lion Dance and the Chinese Lion and Dragon Parade. The event, held in Bellevue Square's Center Court on Saturday, February 24 from 11am to 6pm, also celebrates the richly diverse cultural heritage of Bellevue. The festival is open to audiences of all ages and includes complementary fun activities for all to participate in.

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One of the highlights is the Chinese Lion and Dragon Parade during the New Year Spectacular from 2-3pm. This dramatic and colorful parade is an integral part of the Chinese culture with the traditional lion dance and dragon as a symbol of strength and good luck to the community. Other events include demonstrations and performances by martial arts groups, Chinese opera, traditional dance and music, plus family friendly activities including flying lantern and year of the sheep hanging art DIYs, Chinese Calligraphy demonstrations and more located on the second floor near J. Crew.

Saturday February 24

11AM - 12PM

Joyful Harmony (喜氣洋洋)

Techno Third Prince Nezha by Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors (海外青年文化大使-電音三太子)

Taiwan Aboriginal Dance by Washington State Native Taiwanese American Association (台灣原住民)

Chinese Music by Seattle Chinese Orchestra Youth Ensemble (西雅圖國樂團少兒組)

Dance Performance by Seattle Ensemble of Songs and Dances (西雅圖歌舞團楊曉)

Flute Solo by Distinguished Flute Musician Jin Liang Ji (笛子獨奏)

12PM - 1PM

Auspicious Beginning (開春吉祥)

Calligraphy 書法 by Master Kenneth Pai (白玉崑老師, 號鶴野鳴皋), Master Ben-Sam Ho (何炳森老師), and Artist Sue Hwang (蘇玉枝老師)

1PM - 2PM

Abundant Treasures (年年有餘)

Chinese Gu Zheng Shirley Wang, Seattle Gu Zheng Studio (西雅圖王晶古筝藝術中心)

Dance Performance Hengda Dance Academy (恆達舞蹈學院)

2PM - 3:15PM

Lunar New Year Spectacular (新年快樂吉星高照)

Chinese Lion and Dragon Parade (龍獅獻瑞) by International Lion Dance & Martial Arts Team

VIP Speech & Group Photos 嘉賓致詞

Chinese New Year Blessing Mask Dance 跳加官 Cao Chen

Taiwan Guan Jiang Shou 官將首 by by Charles Chen, David Hagopian, Cliff Louie, and Vincent Wang, Taiwan Traditional Folk Performing Troupes

Techno Third Prince Nezha by Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors (海外青年文化大使-電音三太子)

Taiwan Aboriginal Dance 台灣原住民舞蹈 by Washington State Native Taiwanese American Association

Sichuan Style Chinese opera (Change Face) 川劇絕技(變臉) by Long Yu


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3PM - 4PM

Scrumptious Richness (大吉大利)

Shaolin Martial Arts by Master Zhou Lei Seattle Shaolin Kung Fu Academy (西雅圖少林功夫學院周磊師傅)

Flute Solo Distinguished Flute Musician Jin Liang Ji (笛子獨奏)

Chinese Wushu Taichi Master Yijao Hong, Chinese Wushu & Taichi Academy LLC (中國武術太極學院 洪一姣師傅)

4PM - 5PM

Blossoming Prosperity (花開富贵)

Dance Performance Chinese Dance Academy (中國舞蹈學院米朵麗)

Wu Dang by Master Wu Na Chang and Master Mei-Hui Lu, Wudang Martial Arts Academy (武當武術學院張悟納和呂美惠師傅)

Chinese Opera Shung-Chiu Wang, Hwa Sheng Chinese Opera Club - The Drunken Beauty (華聲社汪爽秋-貴妃醉酒)

5PM - 6PM

Cheerful Success (吉祥如意)

Dance Performance by Huayin Performing Arts Group (華音藝術團吳小明)

Folk Dance by Seattle Folk Dance Club (西雅圖真善美土風舞社)

Kung Fu, Martial Arts by Master Tian Yuan Li, Northwest Wushu (西北武術風武雷動李天媛師傅)

Free gifts after each segment: lantern, calendar, spring festival couplet

New Year Food Sampling From Din Tai Fung (12-3 pm) and Baron's Xi'an Kitchen & Bar (3-5 pm) (while samples last)

More Family Friendly Activities

11AM - 6PM - Second Floor by J. Crew

11AM - 6PM - 1st Floor by Gap

1 - 5PM - 1st Floor by Lululemon Athletica

11AM - 6PM - 1st Floor by Macy's




Updated: February 15, 2018
Video courtesy of The Bellevue Collection; Lunar New Year photos by Jami Davis

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