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Happy Lunar New Year!

5 Ways to Celebrate in Houston this Year

The Lunar New Year of 2022 has arrived and this year, we are celebrating the year of the tiger. Over the next couple of weeks, Houston will be buzzing with celebrations. So, here's what the annual holiday is all about. The first new moon of the lunar calendar begins on February 1st and celebrations continue until the first new moon appears. During this time, exciting dragon and lion dances, cultural dance troupe performances, fireworks, and gift-giving take place. So many food festivals also take place as well as large family dinners. In this article, we'll give you five ways to celebrate either virtually or in-person!

1. Lunar New Year Feast at Phat Eatery

Phat Eatery, located in Katy, TX, will be hosting special dining experiences on February 1st at 7pm, and on February 5th and 6th at 11:30am. The restaurant will be serving traditional holiday dishes like lump crab, Peking duck rolls, fried rice and roti. Lee's Golden Dragon will be performing while customers are served family-style. Seats are $78 per guest and $28 for children ages 4 to 12.

2. The Texas Lunar Festival

The 25th annual Texas Lunar Festival will be virtual this year and you can watch the festivities from your own home. Tune in to Channel 15.3 or on YouTube to watch STV Houston Life cover several events this month.

3. Lunar New Year Houston at Viet Hoa

If you are looking to celebrate with your family for free, Viet Hoa is hosting firecracker shows, dance performances, and martial arts demonstrations during their Lunar New Year Festival. Mayor Sylvestor Turner and Judge Lina Hidalgo will serve as Grand Marshals and will officiate the new year by ringing the bell on Saturday at 2pm sharp. Celebrations will be held in the parking lot at 8300 Sam Houston Pkwy, Saturday and Sunday, February 5-6 from 11am to 6pm.

4. Lúa Viet Kitchen

Go for the heaping vermicelli bowls, and stay to ring in the Year of the Tiger at Lúa Viet Kitchen in Montrose. There, a winding and hypnotic dragon dance performance will kick off the festivities at 5 p.m. on February 5.

5. Asia Society Texas Center

The Asia Society Texas Center will host a free event in the Museum District on Saturday, February 5th 11am to 4pm. Guests can enjoy traditional music, food, and arts. Bring your family for an immersive learning experience. If you bring your kids, they will receive a red envelope. Some interactive activities include papercutting, Chinese calligraphy, zodiac games, and storytime. The event is free, however registration is required and dance performances by the Huaxing Arts Group will take place at 1pm and 3pm. These performances are ticketed – $5 for museum members and $10 for nonmembers.

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