The plans grew out of a discussion by the Edmonds Diversity Commission on the importance of representation in city-recognized holiday celebrations.
EDMONDS, Wash. – On Saturday, the City of Edmonds held its first official Lunar New Year celebration, hosted by community members and business owners.
The celebration grew out of a discussion among members of the Edmonds Diversity Commission about the importance of representation in celebrations of city-recognized holidays.
“The City of Edmonds decided to create this truly wonderful event to involve all Edmonds and the Asian culture that exists within,” said committee member Shubert Ho. “It’s really important to just represent what the community has to offer and who lives in that community. We know that Seattle, the greater Seattle area, has a huge Asian population, and we’re here to provide the festivities and a space open for everyone to congregate.”
Events included an online Lunar New Year story hour, lion dance performances and Kung Fu demonstrations, a free community film and local art.
“We’ve had feedback from the community that they would like to see more events and good representation from everyone in our community,” said Nikki Okimoto Glaros. “It was really wonderful to see the community show up, and I just want to wish everyone a Happy Lunar New Year.”
It was an opportunity to celebrate as a community and to learn about the different cultures present in Edmonds.
“Edmonds has a great Asian culture and a huge area on Highway 99 where we have tons of Asian restaurants and businesses that exist, it’s been a mainstay of Edmonds for a long time and I think it’s great that we were finally starting to celebrate Lunar New Year,” Ho said.
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