Happy Lunar New Year!



Join us for a Lunar New Year celebration on January 31, 2022 at 5:30pm on the 500 block of Dempster St. The event is outdoors and is free and open to the public!


This event is hosted by the Main Dempster Mile, Evanston Pride, Kids Create Change and Kitchen Table Stories Project.


Lunar New Year is a celebration of the first moon in the lunar calendar. It is celebrated by over 1.5 billion people around the world and is a major holiday in countries such as China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Tibet and Vietnam. It is also widely celebrated by ASAPI communities in Canada and the United States. Many also call the holiday Chinese New Year due to its origins dated back 3,500 years ago. There are many traditions associated with Lunar New Year and they differ depending on the culture, but for most, it is a celebration of new beginnings and good fortune. Observances involve family gatherings, traditional food and clothing, prayer and worship, pageantry, and fireworks. This is the year of the tiger according to the Chinese zodiac. Based on Chinese astrology, the zodiac consists of 12 animals that represent characteristics of the coming year and people who are born under that sign.