Lunar New Year celebration held at Westminster Chapel

The Seattle Chinese Community Girls’ Drill Team members Neka Ton, Sage Choi, Alison Kojima, and Kacey Ton performed at the Lunar New Year celebration at Westminster Chapel. (Photo by Marino Saito/NWAW)

Chinese Lunar New Year was celebrated at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue on Jan. 25. Westminster Chapel began celebrating the Lunar New Year 11 years ago and now shares sponsorship of the event with various schools and nonprofit organizations. This event was not only about Chinese culture, but other Asian cultures, such as Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese.

Nearly 800 people enjoyed more than 20 exhibitions and workshops, such as Chinese calligraphy and Japanese origami. In the tea room, they offered two kinds of teas like jasmine green tea and oolong peach black tea for free.

At the stage, local groups performed martial arts, such as Tai Chi, Taekwondo, and traditional Japanese karate. Also, downstairs, a 10-table ping pong tournament was held. The first-prize winner received an Xbox. (end)

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