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Year of the dragon celebrated with food, family, light in qathet

Celebrations begin tonight and culminate with full moon on February 24
LUNAR NEW YEAR KICK-OFF: Saturday, February 9, 2024, is the start of the Lunar New Year, and the year of the dragon, which is celebrated by those of Chinese descent, but also widely celebrated in South Korea, Vietnam and countries with a significant overseas East Asian population.

Tomorrow is the beginning of the Lunar New Year, known as Spring Festival in countries such as China, Taiwan and South Korea.

Saturday, February 10, 2024, Kicks off the Year of the Dragon. According to, more than 200 folks and their families who live in the qathet region identify themselves as Chinese, South Korean, Malaysian or South East Asian descent, and will be celebrating with family and friends, usually with a dinner.

According to Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art:

"Commonly known as the Spring Festival in China, Lunar New Year is a fifteen-day celebration. The Lunar New Year’s Eve reunion dinner is the highlight that kicks off the holiday, with a feast with a spread of symbolic dishes, such as a whole fish. The fifteenth and final day of the holiday is the lantern festival, where people carry lanterns around the neighbourhood at night to mark the end of the celebration."

Townsite Fruit and Veg is hosting a lantern festival and walk on Saturday, February 24. According to its announcement: "Join us as we walk around Townsite with our homemade lanterns and joyously bring in the Year of the Dragon."

Previous to the free event, Townsite Fruit and Veg is hosting lantern making workshops. 

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