Lunar New Year 2018 – This Friday, February 16!

Atkinson Lunar New Year Poster

Atkinson Elementary School Celebrates Lunar New Year

Friday, February 16 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Year of the Dog
2018

For 2018 The Lunar New Year officially begins on February 16. The Lunar calendar follows the phases of the Moon and varies slightly from the Solar calendar every year.

The holiday is celebrated by a fifth (1/5) of the world’s population and observed by over 20 Asian and Southeast Asian countries, including China, Vietnam, and Korea. It is a time to tie-up loose ends, make amends, reconnect with loved ones, and say goodbye the past year (by literally sweeping the dust out the door).

You will see lots of RED decorations everywhere. The color symbolizes luck, happiness, and prosperity. We encourage families to dress in red for our school event.

An important part of festivities revolves around large gatherings of family and friends, eating traditional foods that are considered good luck.

On the menu at Atkinson’s Lunar New Year night:

Fresh Salad Rolls – Made by Atkinson 5th Graders with OLG. The tofu is donated to us by Bui’s Natural Tofu.

Sticky Rice (Xoi Gac) from Bui’s Tofu

Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwiches from Best Baguette

Stir-fry Noodles from Du’s Grill

Mandarin Oranges

We have some fantastic raffle items this year, including one week of Spring Break or Summer Camp at Baxter Sports, a Coffee Package from Seven Virtues Coffee Roasters (to make your own, traditional French Vietnamese Coffee), a Spring Flower Garden kit, and other great prizes.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

  • An Atkinson Cultural Night
  • Activities held in the school Cafeteria and Gymnasium.
  • Catered Authentic Food, Raffle, Performances and Art Crafts
  • Coordinated with Outdoor Learning Garden Program
  • Event Supported by Atkinson PTA

Please Contact Van Cooley ( vancooley@leftofsunset.com ) for Sponsorship or Volunteer opportunities.

Resource Links:

https://www.voanews.com/a/three-international-students-share-their-lunar-new-year-traditions/4009088.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_calendar