The kitchen is busy at Newton Pho in Marana as they get ready for the lunch rush. The clanging of the pots and sizzle of pan fried dumplings fill the restaurant, with soft music permeating the the fragrant air.

For owner Kenny Minh Pham, it’s his passion to grow his business and share his culture with the community. So this Sunday, Feb. 18, he and the team at Newton Pho will do exactly that as they continue to celebrate Lunar New Year.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, they’ll have firecrackers, a dragon dance and food all ready for customers. Newton Pho is located at 5730 W. Cortaro Farms Road.

The Year of the Dragon began last weekend on Saturday, Feb. 10. The Lunar New Year is celebrated for 16 days, with lion dances and firecrackers common staples of the season.

While many events around the Tucson metro have already passed, you still have opportunities to welcome the Year of the Dragon:


Tucson Chinese Cultural Center Lunar New Year Celebration 1288 W. River Road Saturday, Feb. 17 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. More information


Pima County Public Library Lunar New Year Celebration W. Anne Gibson-Esmond Station Library 10931 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way Thursday, Feb. 22 4 – 5 p.m. Registration required online

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