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North Texas residents prepare for Lunar New Year with multiple events, activities

Thao Nguyen gives her nephew, Hayle, a red envelope in celebration of the Lunar New year on Jan. 26, 2020.
Eric Lee
Thao Nguyen gives her nephew, Hayle, a red envelope in celebration of the Lunar New year on Jan. 26, 2020.

Sunday, Jan. 22 ushers in the Lunar New Year — the year of the Rabbit.

Celebrated mostly in East Asia countries - China, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, and Philippines -, communities across North Texas will begin the Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, this weekend.

It is a 15-day festival, lasting through February 9.

The Lunar New Year, much like New Years' Day, is a time of celebration, feasting and focus on reflection and honoring family and friends.

There are several events happening in the Dallas area.


Lunar New Year Celebration at NorthPark Center
8687 N US 75-Central Expressway 1000, Dallas, TX 75225.

Hosted by the Crow Museum and NorthPark Center, Saturday, Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., the free festival will include live rabbits, a story time, and a performance by the Dallas Asian Wind Symphony.

Ngon Vietnamese Kitchen Celebration
1907 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75206

Located on Lower Greenville, Ngon will have a lion dance performance by the Rising Phoenix Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Dallas Public Library Lunar New Year Celebrations

There's a full day of free events hosted across several Dallas Library branches.

The Forest Green branch, Saturday from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. will have activities such as calligraphy, a tea ceremony, and dumpling making demonstration.

Find a traditional Japanese drum performance Saturday, 11 a.m. until noon, at the North Oak Cliff branch.

The Lakewood branch will offer free watercolor opportunities while supplies last beginning Saturday at 2 p.m.

Lunar New Year at the Dallas Galleria

A performance by HD Lion Dance Foundation Saturday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m. While you're there be sure to see a lantern installation above the ice rink that will be on display through Feb. 19.

The Colony

Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rabbit at Grandscape
5752 Grandscape Blvd., The Colony.

The Stage at Grandscape will offer free, family-friendly fun, crafts, and giveaways on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2-4 p.m.


City of Richardson Annual Lunar New Year Celebration

Along with the Dallas Chinese Community Center and DFW Chinatown, known as the epicenter of Asian food and culture in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, will put on their Lunar New Year celebrations on Saturday, Jan. 28 beginning at 11 a.m.

Brittany Stubblefield-Engram is the Digital Engagement Fellow for Arts Access. She previously served as the Marjorie Welch Fitts Louis Fellow for the KERA newsroom. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, she received her Bachelors of Applied Arts and Sciences from the University of North Texas at Dallas. She is a Hip-Hop scholar and prior to her trajectory into journalism, Brittany worked in non-profit management.