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2015 Lunar Chinese 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.

2015 marks the Year of the Sheep on the Lunar calendar and begins on Thursday, February 19, 2015.

The Bellevue Collection | Saturday, February 21 - 11AM - 6PM

This year's Chinese New Year celebration at Bellevue Square Center Court features numerous traditional and contemporary cultural demonstrations of martial arts, music, dance, visual and fine arts as well as dumpling sampling from the ever popular restaurant Din Tai Fung (limited time). 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.

Saturday February 21

11AM - 12PM

Celebrating The Modern and The Traditional

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

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

  • Group Drum Ensemble by Members 歡豐節日
  • Yangqin Duet by Mathi and Byron 漁帆鑼鼓
  • Pipa Duet by Anne, Emily and Alisa 天山之春
  • Flute Duet by Lauren and Joy 雲南小曲
  • Yangqin Solo by Mathi 春到清江
  • Ensemble by Members 小小世界、茉莉花、喜洋洋

Techno Third Prince Nezha 電音三太子 by FASCA and Bellevue High School Students

12PM - 1PM

Art and Culture of Chinese Calligraphy

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

Din Tai Fung Dumpling sampling


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1PM - 2PM

Demonstrating the Strength and Grace

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

  • 24 Forms Yang Sytle Taichi 簡化24式太極
  • Wushu Long Fist Form 武術長拳
  • Chen Style Taichi Old Frame Two 陳氏太極二路
  • Wushu Basic Movements and Fist 武術基本功和拳術
  • Silk Reeling Kung Fu and Push Hands 纏絲功和推手

Chinese Dance 舞蹈表演 by Hengda Dance Academy

  • The Beauty of Peacocks 孔雀飛來
  • Catching the Dragonfly 捉蜻蜓
  • Rouged Lips 點絳唇
  • Little Peacocks 小孔雀
  • Song of the Bamboo 風舞竹動
  • Spanish Dance (Swan Lake: Act III) 西班牙舞

Din Tai Fung Dumpling sampling

2PM - 3PM

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

Chinese New Year Blessing Mask Dance (跳加官) by 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 FASCA and Bellevue High School Students

Din Tai Fung Dumpling sampling

3PM - 4PM

Connecting to History and Culture through Music and Dance

Chinese Kuzheng 古箏 by Shirley Wang, Seattle KuZheng Studio

  • Grassland Eclogue 草原牧歌
  • West Lake Moon 西江月
  • Open a Window 開扇窗
  • Liuyang River 瀏陽河

Chinese Dance 舞蹈表演 by Huayin Performing Arts Group

  • Happy Year’s of Sheep 喜洋洋
  • Humming in the Spring 且吟春雨
  • Colorful Clouds Follow the Moon 彩雲追月
  • Women as Flower 女人花
  • Dance Color 五彩雲霞
  • Small Apple小蘋果

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

4PM - 5PM

Twin Pillars of a Rich Heritage

Wu Dang Tai Chi 武當武術 by International Wudang Martial Arts Academy

  • Wudang Taiji 武當太極
  • 13 Elixir Qigong 13丹法氣功
  • Wudang Quan 武當拳
  • Xuan Wu Staff 玄武棍
  • Eight Trigram Palm 八卦掌
  • Shape & Intent Boxing 形意拳
  • Wudang Martial Arts Fighting & Self-defense Applications 武當武術技擊

The Celestial Maid Scatters Blossoms 天女散花 by Hwa Sheng Chinese Opera Club—Opera performer Shung-Chiu Wang

Journey to the West: Monkey King 孫悟空大鬧天宮 by Chen Cao, Seattle Chinese Opera Academy

5PM - 6PM

Showcasing Dramatic Culture Fiber

Dance Performance by Seattle Folk Dance Club

  • Hakka Folk Song 磨粄歌
  • Flowers for all Seasons & Peach Blossoms in March 四季紅&三月桃花
  • Happy Porters 挑夫

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

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Activities located on 2nd Floor by J. Crew

11AM - 3PM

Flying Lantern DIY 天燈

Chinese Zodiac Coloring 生肖彩繪

Chinese Name Bookmark DIY 姓名書籤

Year of Sheep Hanging Art DIY 羊年吊飾

Chinese Spring Ornament Hanging Art DIY 春字吊飾

Film about Chinese New Year Customs 農曆年習俗 by Legacy Multicultural and Educational Service Center

Chinese Knot 中國結 by Sylvia Ma, Seattle Chinese Knotting Association

3PM - 6PM

Wealth Fish 年年有魚

Lantern DIY 吉祥燈籠

Handmade Bookmark 手工書籤

Chinese Spring Ornament Hanging Art DIY 春字吊飾

Year of Sheep Paper Cut Greeting Card 羊年剪紙賀卡 by Sound Education International

Writing Name in Chinese Calligraphy 書寫中文名

Writing Chinese Spring Festival Couplet 寫春聯 by Sue Hwang

Paper Clay 紙黏土 by PiHua Hsiao

Updated: February 11, 2015
Video courtesy of The Bellevue Collection; Lunar New Year photos by Jami Davis

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