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Happy Lunar New Year From RSIR!

By Alyssa Morrison |

Happy Lunar New Year! Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) is excited to celebrate the dawning of the Year of the Rat on Saturday, January 25.

The Year of the Rat is the beginning of the 12-year zodiac calendar, as RSIR broker Mei Yang shared with us. “It’s known that the Rat was not in the original line up, but the cat was. At the last minute, Rat jumped to the front and the cat was startled and ran.  So, Rat became the first one in the line-up, and that’s also why cats chase rats—because of this old grudge.”

Activities around the Puget Sound kicked off last week, including celebrations at Seattle Center and in Chinatown, but more Lunar New Year celebrations continue over the next few weeks. These are just a few:

Sammamish Lunar New Year Celebration

Event highlights are set to include a vibrant performance by the International Lion Dance Team, a martial arts demonstration, music, dance, visual arts, as well as a variety of interactive booths for kids.

Snoqualmie Lunar New Year Celebration

Lions will bless selected businesses along Center Boulevard with acrobatic stunts. A variety of food trucks on-site will allow you to taste Asian culture, and kids can play at the arts and crafts booth to make their own lantern or play games.

Lunar New Year Celebration at Bellevue Square

Featuring numerous traditional and contemporary cultural demonstrations, the celebration will feature martial arts, music, dance, visual arts, and food sampling.

Lunar New Year Celebration on the Plaza

Get bundled up and head to the plaza for Lunar New Year performances including dragon and lion dances, martial arts, and more family fun.

“If you meet Chinese children, you can give them a red envelope containing small cash, it will make them and their parents very happy!” says RSIR broker Mei Yang.

For home buyers and sellers this time of year with a Chinese real estate agent, Mei says you shouldn’t expect them to be showing you houses on Saturday. The celebration often kicks off with families getting together for a big dinner either on the eve or on New Year’s Day. “Some people also set up a table for their ancestors, with candles, incenses, fruit plates, and food trays, and even money,” she says. On the morning of the New Year, families will eat the sticky rice balls together signifying the family union.”

For real estate brokers who may represent Chinese clients, this is the perfect time to send a gift, like a Chinese sticky rice cake. And, Mei adds, “If you meet Chinese children, you can give them a red envelope containing small cash, it will make them and their parents very happy!”