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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2022 in Portland

Lan Su Lantern Viewings, Virtual Artist Talks, and More
January 25, 2022
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Check out Lan Su's colorful Lunar New Year display at their lantern viewing nights. (Lan Su Chinese Garden)
Celebrated across many Asian cultures, Lunar New Year is a time of renewal, gathering with family, and enjoying festive foods. This year, Lunar New Year falls on Tuesday, February 1, ushering in the Year of the Tiger, known for power, boldness, and doing it big! Celebrate the occasion with events from Chinese New Year 2022 at Lan Su Chinese Garden to Oregon 2022 Lunar New Year Celebration and holiday food specials.


FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS

Baon Kainan Add to a List
Married couple Ethan and Geri Leung's Filipino food cart is serving humbà (a Filipino braised pork dish derived from Chinese red braised pork belly, made with fermented black beans and brown sugar) as a special through Lunar New Year, served with jasmine rice, bok choy, and atchara.
Cully
Pickup

Great Notion Brewing Add to a List and Portland Cà Phê Add to a List
The award-winning brewery Great Notion has teamed up with the local Vietnamese coffee shop Portland Cà Phê to release Year of the Tiger, a tart ale made with creamy coconut and Portland Cà Phê's medium Đà Lạt roast.
Concordia, Beaverton
Pickup

HeyDay Add to a List and Yoonique Tea Add to a List
The rice flour doughnut pop-up HeyDay will pack up special Lunar New Year boxes Add to a List , filled with six baked doughnuts (black sesame matcha, ube, coconut mango, chocolate, pandan mung bean, and passionfruit), plus a lucky red envelope. Pickup is available from 11 am-8 pm on Friday, January 28 at Yoonique Tea. Yoonique Tea will also offer lucky red envelopes for sale in a variety of designs.
Creston-Kenilworth
Pickup

Mama Đút Add to a List
In honor of Tét, the vegan Vietnamese favorite is serving bánh tét (a traditional savory Vietnamese celebration cake, made with glutinous rice and mung bean filling and wrapped in banana leaves). Their plant-based version uses jackfruit in place of the pork that is sometimes used and features bright green pandan sticky rice.
Buckman
Pickup, dine-in

Sibeiho Add to a List
The Singaporean shop and supper club has been baking up some Lunar New Year favorites. Sadly, their pineapple kueh tarts and bakkwa (a jerky-like dried meat) are already sold out, but their cashew and hazelnut cookies, inspired by a beloved family recipe, are still available for pre-order.
Nob Hill
Pickup

Thea's Little Creations Add to a List
This local baking shop is selling sweet edible red envelopes with adorable tiger decorations, filled with sprinkles and a food-safe bag inside to stuff with money.
Online
Pickup

Uwajimaya Add to a List

The Asian supermarket will celebrate the holiday by handing out lucky red envelopes, each of which contain a special prize, to all customers who spend $30 or more from January 26-February 8.
Beaverton
In-store shopping

EVENTS

Auspicious Chops and Seals Add to a List
Dating back to the fifth century B.C., Chinese seals were used in a variety of ways: "As signatures on dynastic court documents, personal documents, contracts, and other official papers. They graced works of calligraphy and paintings. Collectors of books and art often added their seals to works. Molded from metal or carved from stone, ivory, wood, or jade, seals were traditionally inked with red cinnabar paste." Join the continuing education series First Saturday PDX as former Portland Art Museum library director Dan Lucas, who studied seal carving at the China Academy of Art, gives a rundown on the history of seals. Following the presentation, stick around for a Lunar New Year-themed "First Saturday PDX Tea House" chat. 
Virtual via First Saturday PDX (Sat Feb 5)

Chinese New Year 2022 at Lan Su Chinese Garden Add to a List
Celebrating the traditional 15-day period of Chinese New Year, Lan Su will welcome the Year of the Tiger with cultural programming, lantern viewing evenings (Feb 3-6 and 10-13), and more. The festivities will kick off with a free community event (Tues Feb 1) at the garden's entrance plaza featuring a lion dance performance by Portland Lee's Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team. Garden visitors will also receive a hong bao (lucky red envelope). 
Lan Su Chinese Garden, Old Town-Chinatown (Feb 1-15)

Culture on Zoom: The Chinese Zodiac and Lunar New Year Traditions with Sarah Chung Add to a List
Portland Chinatown Museum board member Sarah Chung will guide folks through the 12 animal signs of the Chinese zodiac (we suspect there will be a special emphasis on this year's sign—the tiger) and various Lunar New Year traditions during this informational talk.
Virtual via Portland Chinatown Museum (Wed Feb 9)

Culture on Zoom: Artist Talk with Dean Wong Add to a List
Photographer Dean Wong was born and raised in Seattle's Chinatown and has 40 years of experience documenting the Pacific Northwest's Chinese community. In this artist talk co-presented by Portland Chinatown Museum and Lan Su Chinese Garden, Wong will discuss photographing Lunar New Year events and the myriad traditions that are observed with the occasion.
Virtual via Portland Chinatown Museum (Wed Feb 2)

Lantern Festival Community Celebration Add to a List
Head to historic Sherwood where the city's Center for the Arts and Cultural Arts Commission have teamed up for a community celebration where you can create a paper lantern, enjoy some festive treats, and admire a lantern display. 
Sherwood Center for the Arts (Sun Jan 30)

MỪNG XUÂN NHÂM DẦN 2022 / CELEBRATE 2022, THE YEAR OF THE TIGER Add to a List
Multnomah County Library’s Vietnamese staff present this joyful program including a lion dance performance by White Lotus, a presentation of traditional Vietnamese musical instruments by David Dahl of Tieng Hoai Huong Ensemble, and a special presentation of traditional Vietnamese attire.
Virtual via Multnomah County Library (Tues Jan 25)

Oregon 2022 Lunar New Year Celebration Add to a List
This multicultural Lunar New Year celebration will bring performances by a Guinness World Record-holding acrobat, award-winning singers, international Wushu champions, and various local groups. You'll also be able to marvel at art exhibits and live portrait drawing, plus take part in craft workshops.
Keller Auditorium, Downtown (Sat Jan 29)

Washington Square Mall Lunar New Year Celebration Add to a List
Washington Square invites shoppers to make a wish on a red ribbon that will hang on a traditional wishing tree. The mall's annual Lunar New Year celebration will feature several performances including Portland Chinese Dance Troupe, Summit WuShu Academy, and more, plus crafts for the whole family including calligraphy and lantern ornament making.
Washington Square Mall, Tigard (Sat Feb 5)

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