Two billion people celebrate Lunar New Year this weekend with firecrackers, red and gold dragons, and steamed and fried treats.

 This weekend, two billion people celebrate Lunar New Year with firecrackers, red and gold dragons, and steamed and fried sweets.

 More than 10 countries, including China, Korea, and Vietnam, consider it the most important festival: a time to unite with family and feast.

 While the biggest celebrations are in East and Southeast Asia, U.S. immigrants also celebrate.

 Since 2018, American studies PhD candidate Xinqian “Allison” Qiu has studied D.C.-area Chinese American Lunar New Year celebrations.

 Asian embassies and cultural organizations fund Smithsonian and Kennedy Center concerts, the D.C. Chinatown Parade, community talent showcases, and food markets in Asian American suburbs.

  While many have traditional elements like lion dance and dragon dance, they’re also trying to make their events as diverse and inclusive as possible,” said Qiu.

 Recently, the Chinatown parade has featured Brazilian drummers and Pride entertainers.

 Qiu said these festivals preserve immigrants' traditions and memories for their children. Show up, stand up, and speak up.”

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