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How to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Dallas — 2022 Is the Year of The Tiger

Festive Food, Educational Cooking, Dancing, and More

BY // 01.19.22

This year, Lunar New Year starts on February 1. The celebration marks the beginning of a calendar year whose months are moon cycles. Mostly celebrated in East Asia, the New Year is a time for feasting and honoring ancestors and wandering souls. Each year in the Chinese calendar is symbolized by one of twelve zodiac animals. 2022 is the year of the water tiger.

Here are some ways to celebrate Lunar New Year in Dallas.

Asia Times Square’s 15th Annual Lunar New Year Festival

This Asian market in Grand Prairie is hosting celebrations on two weekends this month: January 21 through 23 and January 28 through 30. Both events will include live performances and local food vendors. On February 5 through 6, you can return just for the firework display and lion dance.

 

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Dine in at Ngon Vietnamese Kitchen on January 30 for a chance to receive a lucky envelope. (Photo by Thanin Viriyaki)

Ngon Vietnamese Kitchen’s Lunar New Year Celebration

Head to Lower Greenville’s Ngon for a three-day celebration on January 28 through 30. There will be two special Tet dishes on the menu, a Ha Noi noodle dish (Bun Thang), and two pan-fried sticky rice cake options (Banh Chung Chien). On Sunday, come in to enjoy a lion dance performance at 3:30 pm and lucky envelopes randomly distributed throughout the day.

 

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The Exchange Hall’s Lunar New Year celebration will include specialties from Monkey King Noodle. (Courtesy)

The Exchange Hall’s 2022 Lunar New Year Celebration

On February 5 from noon to 5 pm, downtown Dallas’ The Exchange Hall is hosting a celebration for the year of the Tiger. The afternoon will include Monkey King noodle specialties, Lunar New Year-inspired craft cocktails, a performance by the Rising Phoenix Lion Dance Association, and more.

 

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Celebrate Lunar New Year with a demo and dine experience at Central Market. (Courtesy)

Demo & Dine: Celebrate Chinese New Year at Central Market

Learn how to cook a festive, Lunar New Year meal on February 1 (6:30 pm) at Central Market Dallas Lovers Lane. For $45 per person, you’ll learn about the dishes, techniques, and symbolism of different ingredients during the two-hour class. The menu includes dumplings, lo mein, braised whole fish, and a citrus almond float. For ages 18 and up only, those of drinking age will only be able to partake in a glass of wine paired with the meal.

 

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Beginning on January 28, an art installation of 150 lanterns will be on display at Galleria Dallas.

Galleria Dallas Celebrates Lunar New Year

Head to Galleria Dallas on February 5 at noon to celebrate with a colorful dragon dance by HD Lion Dance Foundation. Beginning January 28, an art installation of more than 150 lanterns will hang from the shopping center’s barrel ceiling windows. These will be on display for the entire month of February.

 

Wok Star’s rock star wall mural (Photo by Monika Normand)
Wok Star’s rock star wall mural (Photo by Monika Normand)

Wok Star Chinese

On February 1, this new Chinese restaurant is hosting an evening of festivities, including dragon dancers at 6 pm, traditional dumpling soup, specialty cocktails (the Forbidden Dao made with Malibu Watermelon Rum, El Cantinero Grapefruit and fresh grapefruit juice), and giveaways including Chinese lanterns.

 

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The French Room at the Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas. (courtesy)

The French Room

From February 2 through 6, book a spot for Tea at The Adolphus: Lunar New Year Celebration. Guests will enjoy a Lunar New Year-inspired high tea menu, as well as a glass of champagne or non-alcoholic cider and two different teas by Zakti. On the food menu, expect pork buns, spring rolls, and dumplings, followed by a sweet course of honey caramel candy, nian gao, red berry tart, and more. Eye-catching moments include a red bud vase at every table and embossed red hong bao envelopes stuffed with red and gold-wrapped candies.

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