Lunar New Year
Within the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Dog officially starts the first day of the new lunar year, which follows the phases of the moon. In 2018, Lunar New Year day is Saturday, February 16.
The Chinese and Vietnamese zodiacs are represented by 12 animals. According to legend, the Jade Emperor invited the animals of his kingdom to enter a race through the countryside. The first 12 to first finish the long race would each rule over one year every 12 years. The 12 animals are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit (or cat in Vietnam), dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.
Each zodiac animal brings its own personality and characteristics to the year. Can you imagine what a dog year might be like?
Dog years: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
Famous Dogs: Confucius, Michael Jackson, Queen Latifah, Andre Agassi, Jane Goodall, Madonna, Ellen DeGeneres, David Bowie, Steven Spielberg, Justin Bieber
Characteristics of people born in the Year of the Dog: Devoted, responsible, sincere, smart, likeable, cautious, playful, reliable.
Our favorite ways to celebrate Lunar New Year
Our Lunar New Year celebration is on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Purchase tickets in advanced to have a faster time at check-in. Tickets include access to 12 museum exhibits and fun crafts and activities for the entire family!
- Lunar New Year events, including our Lunar New Year Fair on Saturday, February 10
- Special Lunar New Year guided tours, including our ever-popular dumpling food tour and school tours
- Year of the Dog Coloring Contest for a chance to win $800 gift certificate to The Bellevue Collection.
Community Sponsors and Partners
Lunar New Year Sponsors and Partners