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Helena celebrates the Chinese New Year - KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

Helena celebrates the Chinese New Year

Posted: Feb 11, 2018 9:58 PM Updated:

A group of Helena families with Chinese children joined ExplorationWorks! and the Holter Museum to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year.

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, begins on Friday, February 16, 2018 and goes until February 4, 2019. This Chinese New Year is the Year of the Dog in regards to Chinese culture.

During Sunday's event, children created a colorful dragon and marched through the downtown walking mall towards the Holter Museum.

David Highness helped coordinate the event. His daughter is from China.

"We have a group in Helena called Families with Children From China and it's a national group and there's groups and cities all over the country," David Highness said. "We collaborate with ExplorationWorks and the Holter Museum to put this celebration every year at this time."

At the Holter Museum, the kids enjoyed Chinese calligraphy, pot-stickers (a Chinese food), and face painting.

"I was painting faces so a lot of dog faces since it was the Year of the Dog," Emmi Highness, 13, said. "You are just learning so many new things about the culture so you get to try food. You get to see everything that they would celebrate over in China, so it's a cool experience for everyone."

Both Emmi Highness and Robin Triem helped during the event.

"I just enjoy being here and watching younger kids go through the entire experience because when I was younger, I went through all of this and it's fun to see entire generations go through the whole process again," Robin Triem, 13, said. 

David Highness hopes to continue the celebration for years to come.

"Our kids are living here and growing up and going to the schools and we just want them to have their own sort of celebration in Helena that they can be proud of and then other people can kind of see who they are and where they are from," he said.

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