Around the world, many cultures and communities celebrate the start of the new year in late January and February, according to the lunar calendar. Want to celebrate Lunar New Year in Portland? Red Tricycle has you covered. Read on for details on all of the activities and events taking place around town.
photo: Rich Iwasaki/ Mochitsuki Festival
Mochitsuki: Japanese New Year Celebration
Get the year off to a sweet start with this 23rd annual family-friendly festival organized by PSU and community organizations. Mochi-tsuki is the pounding of individual rice grains into mochi, a sticky rice cake symbolizing the community coming together to celebrate the new year. All ages can enjoy mochi samples, food from a range of vendors, lively stage performances and hands-on activities.
Sun., Jan. 27, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Portland State University
930 SW Hall St.
photo: Dianne Yee via flickr
Lan Su Chinese Gardens
Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Pig with a wide range of activities—many geared especially toward families. From opportunities to observe, like lantern viewing and lion dances, to hands-on activities like the wishing tree and family crafts, there’s a little something for everyone. Hint: get there early on opening day for Rolling in the Wealth. The first 100 visitors get to roll oranges and gold coins through the front door for good luck!
Sun., Feb. 5 through Sun., Feb. 19
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lan Su Chinese Gardens
239 NW Everett St.
photo: liana via flickr
Lunar New Year Dragon Dance Parade
This parade begins at the brand-new, long-awaited Portland Chinatown Museum, which opened its doors downtown in December. Drummers, dancing lions, and a 100-foot dragon will parade from the museum starting at 11:30 a.m.. Watch it wind its way through downtown, then stick around for live performances and inclusive hands-on activities, starting at 1 p.m. at the Oregon Historical Society.
Sat., Feb. 9, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Portland Chinatown Museum
127 NW 3rd Ave.
photo: Walter via flicker
Lunar New Year at the Library
A number of library branches will host Lunar New Year celebrations this year with cultural performances, educational activities and light refreshments for all ages. Check the events schedule at your local branch, or visit the link above to find activities that work for your family rhythm. Then stick around to browse the collection for books on the Lunar New Year.
Various times and locations
Multnomah County Library
photo: Lan Su Chinese Gardens
Chinese Lantern Festival at the Central Library
Mark the end of Lunar New Year celebrations by creating a special decorative lantern to take home, in honor of the Chinese Lantern Festival. Enjoy special candies while you work. Celebrated on the first full moon of the first lunar month, this festival is traditionally celebrated with moon gazing and lantern-lighting.
Sat., Feb 23, 2-3:30 p.m.
801 SW 10th Ave.