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Idaho State Museum to celebrate Lunar New Year on Saturday with family-friendly event

By: - January 28, 2022 3:45 am
Chinese New Year parade

In this historical photo, Idahoans celebrate the Lunar New Year with a parade on 10th and Idaho streets in downtown Boise. (Courtesy of the Idaho State Museum)

Idahoans can celebrate the Lunar New Year with family programming that honors traditions from across Asian cultures at the Idaho State Museum, according to a press release.

The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 610 Julia Davis Drive in Boise.

Mining and other industries brought populations of Chinese and other Asian immigrants to Idaho in the late 1860s. Many Chinese immigrants found community in “Chinatowns” around the state. These communities celebrated religious ceremonies and holidays, the most important being Chinese New Year.  Also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, the festivities are held before the first full moon in February.

Family activities include creating your own Year of the Tiger and dragon puppets and traditional papercutting. 

The event is included with museum admission. This event is a partnership with the Idaho Chinese Organization. For information, go to

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Christina Lords
Christina Lords

Christina Lords is the editor-in-chief of the Idaho Capital Sun and has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. A Pocatello native, Lords is a fifth-generation Idahoan who served as a reporter at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Post Register in Idaho Falls and served as assistant editor for the Idaho Press in Nampa. She also led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism.