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By Dean Hesse, Contributor

Decatur, Georgia — Decatur had its first Lunar New Year celebration at Legacy Park on Saturday, January 29. The organizer, Han Pham, a mother of two who attends schools in the city of Decatur, said the celebration was a partnership of all CSD lower elementary schools.

“It’s about educating people that this is more than just a Chinese New Year. Lunar New Year is celebrated by many different cultures,” Pham said. “What we’ve decided is to create a passport so kids can go to each of the countries that celebrate Lunar New Year, learn a bit more about how they celebrate, because they celebrate differently, and get good food too.”

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Chien Hong School of Kung Fu performs a Lion Dance during the Lunar New Year Celebration at Legacy Park in Decatur on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Members of the Chien Hong School of Kung Fu pose for a photo before performing a lion dance during the Lunar New Year celebration at Legacy Park in Decatur on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Austin Chan poses for a photo during the Lunar New Year celebration at Legacy Park in Decatur on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Five-year-old Henrietta Chan and her family attended the Lunar New Year celebration at Legacy Park in Decatur on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Amy Danos serves Korean japchae donated by Salaryman Restaurant during the Lunar New Year celebration at Decatur’s Legacy Park on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Food vendor Abodo Restaurant prepares Filipino American dishes during the Lunar New Year celebration at Legacy Park in Decatur on Saturday, January 29. 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Regina Shih reads a story to children during the Lunar New Year celebration at Legacy Park in Decatur on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Xiaoyu Zheng shows off the Chinese symbol for good luck during the Lunar New Year celebration at Decatur’s Legacy Park on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Nine-year-old Crystal Liang paints at the table at the Atlanta Contemporary Chinese Academy during the Lunar New Year celebration at Decatur’s Legacy Park on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Alia Johnson, left wearing a traditional Thai dress, shows Westchester Elementary School teacher Jennifer Querubin how to fold origami during the Lunar New Year celebration at Legacy Park in Decatur on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

People paint at the Chinese Passport Station during the Lunar New Year celebration at Decatur’s Legacy Park on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Mijha Godfrey, owner of Jambo Books, with her presentation of books featuring children of color during the Lunar New Year celebration at Legacy Park in Decatur on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Randolph Kallenberg holds plates of Korean japchae and tangerines during the Lunar New Year celebration at Decatur’s Legacy Park on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Organizer Han Pham makes announcements and performs the Chien Hong School of Kung Fu lion dance performance during the Lunar New Year celebration at Legacy Park in Decatur on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Chien Hong School of Kung Fu performs a Lion Dance during the Lunar New Year Celebration at Legacy Park in Decatur on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Correction: An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect spelling of a name. This story has been updated with the correct information.

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