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2016 Lunar New Year Celebration

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.

2016 marks the Year of the Monkey on the Lunar calendar and begins on Monday, February 8, 2016.

The Bellevue Collection | Saturday, February 20 - 11AM - 6PM

This year's Lunar New Year celebration at Bellevue Square Center Court features numerous traditional and contemporary cultural demonstrations of martial arts, music, dance, visual and fine arts. The festival is open to audiences of all ages and includes complementary fun activities for all to participate in.

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.

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Saturday February 20

11AM - 12PM

Celebrating The Modern and The Traditional

Lion Dance 舞獅 by South Puget Sound Chinese Language School Lion Dance Troop

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

Techno Third Prince Nezha 電音三太子 by Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors

Dance Performance 舞蹈表演 by Seattle Ensemble of Songs and Dances

Chinese Kuzheng 古箏 by Lingyu Guzheng Studio

Chinese Riddles 猜燈謎

12PM - 1PM

Art and Culture of Chinese Calligraphy

Calligraphy 書法 by Professor James H. Chou, Artist Ben-Sam Ho, Artist Sue Hwang

1PM - 2PM

Demonstrating the Strength and Grace

Dance Performance 舞蹈表演 by Huayin Performing Arts Group

Chinese Kuzheng 古箏 by Shirley Wang, Seattle KuZheng Studio

Wushu Taichi 武術太極 by Master Yijiao Hong, Chinese Wushu & Taichi Academy

Chinese Riddles 猜燈謎

2PM - 3:15PM

Lunar New New Spectacular

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

VIP Speech 嘉賓致詞

Monkey Year 金猴拜年 by Master Chen Cao, Seattle Chinese Opera Academy

Taiwan Guan Jiang Shou 官將首 by Taiwan Traditional Folk Performing Troupes - Chen Cao, Cliff Louie, Ching-Pi Wang, Vincent Wang

Techno Third Prince Nezha 電音三太子 by Formosa Association of Student Cultural Ambassadors

Military style precision marching 軍事風格的精確陣行 by Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team

Chinese Riddles 猜燈謎

3:15PM - 4:30PM

Connecting to History and Culture through Music and Dance

Shaolin Martial Arts 少林功夫 by Seattle Shaolin Kung Fu Academy

Diabolo Performance 扯鈴表演 by Andes Lee & Sergio Myers, Bellevue High School & Issaquah High School

Chinese Music 中樂團表演 by Members of Washington Chinese Youth Orchestra

Chinese Riddles 猜燈謎

4:30PM - 5:30PM

Twin Pillars of a Rich Heritage

Dance Performance 舞蹈表演 by Chinese Dance Academy

Wu Dang 武當武術 by Master Wu Na Chang and Master Mei-Hui Lu, International Wudang Martial Arts Academy

Flute Solo 笛子獨奏 by Jin Liang Ji, Distinguished Flute Musician

Chinese Riddles 猜燈謎

5PM - 6PM

Weaving A Dramatic Culture Fiber

Dance Performance 舞蹈表演 by Seattle Folk Dance Club

Flute Solo 笛子獨奏 by Jin Liang Ji, Distinguished Flute Musician

Kunqu Opera 崑曲 by Jin Liang Ji, Distinguished Flute Musician

Flute Solo 笛子獨奏 by Hwa Sheng Chinese Opera Club-Opera performer Shung-Chiu Wang, Alice Ohlfs

Kung Fu, Martial Arts Demonstration 風武雷動 by Master TianYuan Li, Northwest Wushu Seattle Martial Art School

Activities located on 2nd Floor by J. Crew

11AM - 6PM

Firecracker 鞭炮

Wealth Fish 年年有魚

Monkey Face Mask 猴臉面具

Golden Monkey Hanging Art 金猴吊飾

Chinese Knot 中國結 by Legacy Multicultural and Educational Service Center

Bookmark 書籤

Red Paper Bag Lantern 紅包燈籠

Little Fish Hanging Art 小魚春節吊飾

Chinese Spring Ornament 春聯裝飾

Chinese Character Paper Cutting 立體漢字剪紙 by Sound Education International

Brown Bag Lion 祥獅

Blessing Chinese Character 福字掛飾

Door Knob Hanging Art 門把掛飾 by Seattle Culture and Education Institute

Paper Clay 紙黏土 by PiHua Hsiao, Gina, Polly, Melanie

Chinese Spring Festival Couplet 寫春聯

Calligraphy 書寫中文名 by Sue Hwang


Updated: February 9, 2016
Video courtesy of The Bellevue Collection; Lunar New Year photos by Jami Davis

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