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Year of the Rabbit Celebration in Bellevue

Get ready to hop into the celebrations like a rabbit because it's time to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at Bellevue Square's Center Court! On January 14th, The Bellevue Collection and Seattle Chinese Culture and Arts Association are teaming up to bring you a day full of fun, food, and entertainment.

This marks the 12th year that these organizations have put on this event on the Eastside, and it's sure to be a good hopping time! The celebration will feature all sorts of cool activities like performances, crafts, displays, and more to honor centuries-old traditions. You'll be able to enjoy traditional and contemporary music, dance, and fine arts, as well as a Chinese Lion and Dragon Parade performed by the International Lion Dance and Martial Arts team.

Photo Jami Davis

Fun sidenote: The Chinese Lion and Dragon Parade is a spectacular event that will transport you to a world of vibrant colors, mesmerizing dances, and cultural celebration. The parade features lion and dragon dancers, dressed in traditional and colorful costumes, who perform to the beat of drums and cymbals. The lion and dragon dances are believed to bring good luck and prosperity, and are an important part of Chinese culture. The lion dancers move gracefully and energetically, mimicking the movements of the lion and showcasing their skill and training. The dragon dancers, on the other hand, maneuver a large dragon puppet through the streets, bringing it to life with their synchronized movements. The parade is a feast for the senses and a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Chinese culture and tradition. So don't miss out on the fun and excitement of the Chinese Lion and Dragon Parade! The Chinese Lion and Dragon Parade is an important celebration for the Asian community as it is a way to preserve and showcase their cultural heritage. It is a way for the community to come together and celebrate their traditions and customs, which are an integral part of their identity. The lion and dragon dances, in particular, hold significant meaning and symbolism in Chinese culture, and are believed to bring good luck and prosperity. The parade is not only a celebration for the Asian community but also a way to educate and share their culture with others. It's a great opportunity for people from different backgrounds to learn about and appreciate the richness and diversity of Asian culture. It is a celebration of community, culture, and tradition, and is an event that should not be missed.

Jennifer Leavitt, the Bellevue Collection's vice president of marketing, says, “The celebration of Lunar New Year is one of the most dramatic and beautiful events with amazing garments, elegant dances, and spectacular color.” So, get ready to be wowed by the stunning sights and sounds of the event.

And the fun doesn't have to end on January 14th;from Jan. 13-22, attendees can additionally pick a Lucky Lunar Scratch Card at Bellevue Square’s guest services desk for a special dining offer from one of the Asian-inspired restaurants of the Dining District or for a chance to win an $80 Bellevue Collection gift card.

This is an event that the whole family can enjoy, so grab your loved ones and hop on over to Bellevue Square for a celebration that's sure to be a blast!

View the celebration schedule over at the Bellevue Collection online.


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