How Kansas City Celebrates Lunar New Year

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The Lunar New Year, which is widely celebrated in east and southeast Asian countries, is Sunday, Jan. 22. Festivities last about a week, and are typically jam-packed with traditional food, family gatherings, and colorful parades.

One such celebration is the Kansas City Chinese American Association (KCCAA) New Year Festival. The elaborate event — which usually sells out and draws more than 1,000 people — was held online during 2021 and 2022 during the pandemic.

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Here's how you can celebrate the Lunar New Year in Kansas City

Asian American community groups and businesses across Kansas City are welcoming in the Year of the Rabbit - or the Year of the Cat, depending on the country. No matter which animal you're celebrating, there's plenty to do for the Lunar New Year.