The Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year is celebrated by many Asian cultures for good fortune, health and time to reunite. This year it will be observed on February 12th the Chinese New Year festival period lasts for 15 days, starting from Chinese New Year's eve to the Lantern Festival. This year marks the transition to the Year of the Ox. There are 12 Chinese zodiac animals and one is associated with each 12-year cycle. There are many events throughout Bellevue to celebrate this holiday. We’ve rounded up some recommendations for Lunar New Year events in Bellevue 2021!
Collection Plays AR
What: Stop by The Bellevue Collection’s Lunar New Year augmented reality (AR) experience. Take a photo and capture a memorable moment celebrating the Year of the Ox!
Where: Bellevue Square, Level One (below ZARA)
To download your photo, visit collectionplays.com and don’t forget to share your experience using #bellevuecollection and #tbclny.
(Craft pick up Jan. 25 – 30; one per child, three per household, while supplies last)
What: Create festive crafts as decorations for the Year of the Ox. Tune in anytime on Instagram @bellevuecollection for tutorials on DIY holiday-themed crafts!
Craft Pick Up: Guest Services, Bellevue Square
IGTV Crafting Schedule:
- Paper Lantern: Jan. 26
- Ox Craft: Jan. 28
- Knot Tying: Feb. 2
- Papercutting: Feb. 4
- Calligraphy: Feb. 10
What: See our Lunar New Year decorated windows with great finds from our stores around Bellevue Square. Or check out the ornate and colorful Chinese traditional costumes from Culture Center of TECO in Seattle and Hwa Shang Chinese Opera Club.
Where: In the window displays on the second level, across from Victoria’s Secret (Chinese traditional costumes sponsored in partnership with Seattle Chinese Culture and Arts Association).
Virtual Dragon & Lion Parade
What: Watch our annual celebration with a spectacular performance with the Seattle Shaolin Kungfu Academy & International Lion Dance Martial Art Team.
Where: On Facebook or Instagram @bellevuecollection
When: Friday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. PT
Celebrate the Cuisine of Lunar New Year
Additional Virtual Events
Celebrate the Year of the Ox with Lake Sammamish State Park virtually February 12- 16! Featuring the diversely talented international community of Sammamish with activities centered around Asian culture and ceremonial traditions. This 5-day event will offer daily videos, workshops and live readings on performance, history, crafts, and much more.
Yuan Spa is celebrating the Year of the Ox by highlighting its signature Chinese-inspired spa services including the Yuan Chinese Signature Massage, Yuan Chinese Signature Body Scrub, and the Yuan Chinese Radiant Foot Treatment. When guests book any service February 11-12, 2021 they will be treated to the “gift of good fortune” which includes a traditional red envelope with $6 to redeem towards a future service enhancement at the spa.