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Lunar New Year

Within the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Pig officially starts the first day of the new lunar year, which follows the phases of the moon. In 2019, Lunar New Year day is Wednesday, February 5.

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 pig year might be like?

Pig years: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

Famous Pigs: Magic Johnson, Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King, Mahalia Jackson, Ernest Hemingway, Carrie Underwood, Ewan McGregor, Amy WInehouse, Julie Andrews

Characteristics of people born in the Year of the Pig: Warm-hearted, good-tempered, loyal, honest, gentle, sincere, brave, philanthropic, sociable

Our favorite ways to celebrate Lunar New Year

Our Lunar New Year celebration is on Saturday, February 2, 2019. Purchase tickets in advance 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 2 
- Special Lunar New Year guided tours, including our ever-popular dumpling food tour and school tours
- Year of the Pig Coloring Contest for a chance to win $800 gift certificate to The Bellevue Collection.
-Bring home Year of the Dog accessories from our Marketplace featured in our Lunar New Year Catalogue. 

Celebrate the Year of the Dog with lion and dragon dances, cultural performances, and the $3 Food Walk! Join the neighborhood celebration in Hing Hay Park on Sunday February 11th from 11am to 4pm! Find more information at

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