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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.