The lunar new year, celebrated in China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and other Asian countries, starts Feb. 10 and is observed over several days, up to two weeks. This year it heralds the Year of the Dragon, a symbol of power, strength and luck.
With roots in Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism and other religions, today, the lunar new year may be a cultural or religious festival, or both. And as in many cultures, celebrations include time with family, sharing traditional meals, visiting friends and remembrance of those who have gone before.
As with most holidays, the opportunity to create connections to family, friends and one’s community can be part of mental and emotional well-being. And for those of our staff and clients who do not have a supportive and stable family unit, the opportunity to meet with neighbors and other community members can help create much needed connections.
Our community hosts many observances of the lunar new year that you can share with clients and friends
- Feb. 3 – Oregon Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association hosts a Chinese Cultural Fair at the Oregon Convention Center.
- Feb. 10-24 – Lan Su Chinese Garden lantern-viewing evenings and teas.
- Lunar new year events around Portland (watch for updates to annual events at this website)
- Feb. 3 – Oregon City cultural appreciation event with activities, performances and food
- Feb. 17 – Washington Square Mall (free)
- Feb. 17 – Portland’s Chinatown dragon parade (free)
We join in wishing joy, abundance and good health in the new year for all our LifeWorks NW friends and communities.