In the Chinese zodiac, 2024 is The Year of The Dragon, which holds a mythical place on the calendar. Dragons are powerful, prosperous, charismatic leaders. They are wise and intelligent. They are confident and gifted.
Anyone born during the Year of The Dragon (hello, 2024 babies!) will exhibit these traits, along with—on the flip side—short tempers and impatience. Know any 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72-year-olds (and so on) who fit the bill? Martin Luther King Jr., Bruce Lee, Reese Witherspoon, Al Pacino, Rihanna, and John Lennon are all dragons.
In a holistic sense, 2024 is expected to bring evolution, improvement, and abundance to all of us. It is a year for new beginnings and building strong foundations for lasting success.
And, boy, are we ready to celebrate that in Edmonds!
Edmonds Lunar New Year Day Of Events
On February 10th, admire all the pretty red lanterns swaying from light poles around town on your way to the Edmonds Center for the Arts to start this year’s celebration. Traditionally, Lunar New Year is a fifteen-day celebration, and the City of Edmonds has been working hard to get downtown in the marathon party spirit.
On the big day, though, here’s your schedule:
- 12pm: Mak Fai Kung Fu Dragon and Lion Dance Association
- 12:30pm: Northwest Wushu Academy
- 12:45pm: World-renowned breakdance crew Massive Monkees
- 1:30pm: A screening of the short film She Marches in Chinatown, followed by a Q&A with director Della Chen
- 2pm-6pm: Lunar New Year Market at Civic Field in downtown Edmonds, featuring vendors, food trucks, a lion dance performance by Northwest Kung Fu & Fitness, music, and more
- 6pm: Lion Dance Mini Parade by Northwest Kung Fu from Civic Field to Edmonds Center for the Arts
- 7pm: A Special Lunar New Year Edmonds Evening back at Edmonds Center for the Arts, hosted by KING-5’s Mimi Jung and local restaurateur Steven Ono. The show will feature performances by CHIME Band, Massive Monkees, and Seattle indie pop favorites Chinese American Bear. Get your tickets here.
The Celebration Continues All Month Long
Look for Lunar New Year-themed art by students at Seaview Elementary and Madrona K-8 in Edmonds on display at local businesses around downtown Edmonds and the Salish Crossing Center.
Don’t hesitate to linger over your favorite pieces and spend some time thinking about how the dragon will bring you prosperity, too.
Where To Eat to Celebrate Lunar New Year
We all know one of the best ways to celebrate—and understand each other’s cultures—is through food. In Edmonds, we are blessed to be surrounded by an abundance of wonderful AAPI-owned and operated options.
In alphabetical order, here are some of our favorites:
Fashion Dim Sim
Harvest Wonton Noodle
Thai By Day
TNT Chinese Restaurant
Teriyaki and More
Wonton Noodle House
If you want ideas of what to eat once you get to many of these places, check out our Edmonds Kind of Dim Sum Guide.
Food & Drink Specials
Keep an eye out for Lunar New Year specials at places like Bar Dojo, Kelnero, The Market, Salt & Iron, and Fire & The Feast, too. We’ll be sharing all the specials we see on our Instagram and Facebook pages, so follow now before your stomach gets grumbly!
Don’t forget to bring us along as you ring in Edmonds's third annual Lunar New Year. Add #LNYE2024 to your social media posts, and we’ll share our favorites on our stories!
龙年大吉 (Lóng nián dàjí)”
(^^ “Great luck in the Dragon Year!”)