Tigard’s Asian communities celebrate Lunar New Year


Image created by Sydney, ASU Media Manager

ASU students photoshopped on poster announcing Lunar New Year event at Tigard High School.

By Katarina Ilić

While many have already celebrated the new year, some of Tigard’s students’ have yet to. On Jan. 22 Lunar New Year began, ringing in the New Year for many Asian Americans as well as Asian countries.

Known as the Spring Festival, Lunar New Year celebrates the arrival of spring and start of the new year based on the lunisolar calendar. Lunar New Year is a time for families to feast, honor household and heavenly deities, as well as ancestors. Families will gather together to have a meal, then hold rituals to honor their ancestors. The celebration normally lasts for multiple days.

While this is a general tradition for most celebrators, Portland has its own traditions as well. There will be a two week celebration held at Lan Su Chinese Garden including lion dances, family crafts, Chinese folk art, calligraphy, martial arts performances, and a Chinese wishing tree. The Chinese Friendship Association will also be holding a New Year Celebration. For more information on Lunar New Year celebrations in PDX, visit travelportland.com.

But what are Tigard students planning on doing?

According to Vice President Nathan Tran, they have many events in store.

We will be having a Lunar New Year type of event around mid February and we have some fun ideas with the Tualatin’s ASU as well!” Tran said.

Events held by ASU will be open to all, although some of them require sign ups to join. Look at the ASU Instagram page for future events and updates.