Celebrate Lunar New Year on both sides of the lake

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The Lunar New Year celebrations start this Friday, Jan. 31, but they don’t end there. The big celebration in the International District on Saturday, Feb. 1 (see story on page 7), will be followed one week later, on Feb. 8 and 9, at Bellevue Connection’s third annual Lunar New Year Celebration at Bellevue Square’s Center Court.

The Bellevue event will feature numerous traditional and contemporary cultural demonstrations.

Family activities will include face painting and Chinese calligraphy.

“We are so pleased with the community response to this wonderful celebration of culture through performances and educational presentations,” said Jennifer Leavitt, vice president of marketing for the Bellevue Collection. As a place where people love to gather and connect with each other, we are proud to be a location for the acknowledgement of this enriching cultural experience.”

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The weekend kicks off on Saturday at 11 a.m. with “Techno Third Prince Nezha” by the Taiwanese Youth Alliance, followed by two afternoons filled with music, dance, activities, more martial arts, and a Chinese lion and dragon parade. Festivities will continue until 6 p.m. on Saturday, and run from 1–5 p.m. on Sunday.

“Lunar New Year is such a beautiful celebration that touches our guests on many different levels,” said Leavitt. “There is such delight in children’s eyes with the colorful and exciting dragon parade and lion dance and such quiet beauty in watching the art of calligraphy. The event schedule is full of dance, martial arts demonstrations, music, and activities. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy and experience with this two-day event.” (end)

More details are available at bellevuecollection.com/lunarnewyear.

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