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It’s called Lunar New Year because it marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendars traditional to many east Asian countries including China, South Korea, and Vietnam, which are regulated by the cycles of the moon and sun. In Vietnam, Lunar New Year is known as Tết.

What is the significance of the Lunar New Year?

While the holiday season in the U.S. revolves around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day, shortly after is the Lunar New Year, which is one of the most important periods for Asian culture. It signals the start of Spring and the beginning of a new year. However, more importantly, it brings families and loved ones together, sparks long-standing traditions, and sets a time for workers of all types to rest from their ongoing labor.

What countries celebrate Lunar New Year?

The Asian countries that celebrate Lunar New Year include Indonesia, The Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea, Malaysia, North Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Brunei. However, Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world, as this cornerstone Asian celebration is embraced by all cultures.

About the upside-down fu character

You may see calligraphy characters on a square of red paper, cut in a diamond shape. The character, 福 [fú], which means good luck, is hung upside down for Lunar New Year. The word “to arrive” or “to begin” is a homophone (same pronunciation, different meaning) for the word “upside down.” Through this bit of pictorial wordplay, the symbol effectively means that good luck is arriving, or pouring down on you.

What are some of the traditions?

Traditions include cleaning houses, avoiding scissors and cutting, visiting family and friends, decorating, giving gifts and red envelopes (filled with cash), setting off fireworks, and providing offerings to ancestors.

What is the significance of the Red Envelopes?

A red envelope symbolizes good luck. Giving and receiving red envelopes is similar to giving greeting cards filled with money. Children are the main recipients of the envelopes, passed on from elders. Additionally, employers pass envelopes to their employees and colleagues as well.

Full Corridor Lion Dance Schedule

Tuesday, February 1st:

1pm – Saigon Bowl

Saturday, February 5th:

10am – Pho 96

10:45am – Star Kitchen

12pm – Super Star

1pm – Savory Vietnam

2pm – Truong An

Sunday, February 6th:

2pm – KuTea/Now Pho Shopping Center

2:30pm – KuTea

2:45pm – Saigon Travel

3pm – Now Pho

Federal Plaza Events

Sunday, February 6th:

12:00 Noon – Mayor Hancock office

12:15pm – Kpop by Judy’s group

2:00pm – Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center Dragon Dance

4:00pm – American Sport Karate Demo

4:15pm – Nguyên thiều Vietnamese Dances

4:30pm – Nguyên Thiều Lion Dance

Far East Center Events

Saturday, February 5th:

11am – Ice Carving Luan Bui

11:30am – Natalie K-Pop Dance

11:40am – Judy Sing Viet Song

11:45am – Kids Fashion Show

11:50 am – VIP Speech

12:00 Noon – Shaolin Hung Mei

12:45pm – Sri Bangaru Singing Pop Hits

1:oopm – Sifu Daniel Ha Tai Chi

1:20pm – Judy K-Pop Dance Team

1:30pm – JA-Ne Taiko Drummers

1:45pm – JA-Ne Japanese Hip-Hop

2:45pm – CO Asian Cultural Heritage Center

12:45pm – (CACHC) Saigon Bowl

Sunday, February 6th:

11:45am – Kids Fashion Show

12:00 Noon – Jerry Silva NNMA Lion Dance

12:30pm – Jerry Silva NNMA Martial Arts

1:15pm – Neal Walia

1:30pm – Sri Bangaru Singing Pop Hits

2:15pm – Judy K-Pop Dance

2:30pmNguyên Thiều Lion Dance

2:45pm – Lam Hoang Phuong

3:00pm – Judy Sing and Dance

3:05pm – American Sport Karate Demo

**Hosts will closely monitor City of Denver guidelines for this public event. Masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged.

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Far East Center Event:
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