You're Invited to Join us for a Lunar New Year Celebration!

This is a free event that celebrates cultural diversity and togetherness. We have things to do for people who love to socialize as well as those who want to just hang around (low pressure).


We need to know roughly how much food to buy for the event, so please RSVP here.

What will happen at our event?

We'll be eating hot pot, a traditional type of meal celebrated by many Asian countries. There will be six countries represented with their unique hot pot style. Vegan/GF options are provided too!

Family friendly activities and games will be provided (origami station, calligraphy, red-pocket exchange, and more!)

What is Lunar New Year?

Lunar New Year is a festival celebrated  at the start of a new lunar year and falls on different dates every year. During this period, many countries celebrate with family and friends and eat big meals and traditional foods. People in Vietnam call it Tet, while Koreans call it Seollal, and Chinese call it Xin Nian. In 2020, Lunar New Year starts on the 25th of January but lasts about 2 weeks.

What is Hot Pot?

Hot pot is a type of meal where you cook raw ingredients in a boiling soup or broth.  Usually, there is a communal pot of soup in the middle of the table that people share (kind of like fondue).  You can keep track of what you put in and take it out when done.  Raw meats cook quickly because of how thin the meat is sliced. The meal is primarily vegetables and meats with some noodles at the end.  Hot pot is accompanied by sauces that you can customize to your liking.

Learn more about LNY:

There are many traditions in the various cultures.  One of these traditions is the exchange of red pockets filled with money. The older generation typically gives these red pockets to the younger generation and there's a tradition of well-wishing before receiving the packet. Everyone celebrates with food and share and stories with friends and family. Special pastries are baked and shared among families.  

Some countries set off firecrackers and have elaborate dances with people dressed in lion costumes. Red and yellow are popular colors, symbolizing good fortune and joy. The household is usually cleaned before the Lunar New Year and ornate decorations (paper cut art, calligraphy, lanterns) are put up. There are even more traditions specific to each country and the purpose is to celebrate togetherness and a strong start to the next year.