Lunar New Year Community Day
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Lunar New Year Community Day
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Idaho State Museum

Lunar New Year celebrations are all about ushering in luck and prosperity! Rich in tradition and meaning, practices vary across Asian cultures. Join the Idaho State Museum as we kickoff the celebrations and honor the traditions of Lunar New Year in Idaho!


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.


Create your own Year of the Tiger and dragon puppets, participate in traditional papercutting, and receive a lucky red envelope with a new year’s treat!


See a special performance by the Boise Traditional Chinese Dance Group!


All Lunar New Year activities are included in the cost of Museum admission. Purchase admission in advance at

Face coverings are required for all educational programs in the Classroom and Idaho room regardless of vaccination status.

Thanks to our partners from the Idaho Chinese Organization, Idaho Capital Asian Market and the Boise Traditional Chinese Dance Group.