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Your complete guide to Chinese New Year in Houston: The parties, the food, the festivals and the fun

Your complete guide to Chinese New Year in Houston: Parties, food, fun

If you’re looking to ring in the Chinese New Year with great food, diverse cultures and live performances, then Houston is the place to be this weekend.

This week’s KHOU CultureMap Moment highlights just a few of the celebrations going on for the Asian Lunar New Year, including a party at a trendy restaurant, and a cultural festival at Discovery Green.

Chef John Sikhattana from Straits restaurant in CityCentre is throwing a giant party with special menu items all weekend. Sikhattana says that Chinese New Year is an exciting time that brings delightful memories of his own childhood. The party will have a lion dance troop coupled with a menu of several traditional-inspired foods that have symbolic meanings in the Asian culture.

“Long beans represent long life, and scallops represent new horizon . . . and duck actually in Chinese culture represents fertility, which means if you eat all of these things you’ll have a very successful year,” Sikhattana says.

For those looking for more outdoor fun, head over to Discovery Green for the Texas Lunar Festival. The event, chaired by Mayor Annise Parker, will have live performances, art and tasty food.

 “You’ll see people from all walks, from all communities participating . . . over 100 local organizations will be out at Discovery Green this Saturday,” CultureMap contributor Marcy de Luna says in this week's KHOU CultureMap Minute.

The Texas Lunar Festival will take place at Discovery Green on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Tickets are $8 with kids admitted free.

Watch the full KHOU CultureMap Minute:

Texas Lunar festival
Over 100 local organizations will be present at the Texas Lunar Festival at Discovery Green this Saturday. Courtesy photo.