Celebrate Lunar New Year!

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Chinese New Year officially begins on February 5th, 2019, and ends on February 19th. Each year is associated with one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. For 2019, it’s The Year of the Pig. Here are a few great ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year:

Involve the little ones in your celebration by teaching them the history and traditions associated with the New Year.

Lunar New Year Celebration at the History Museum:
On February 9 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., the History Museum will join in Redwood City’s annual celebration of the Lunar New Year. The free event includes performances on Courthouse Square and Lion Dancers, Entertainers, Martial Arts, and Kids Arts & Crafts will all be happening inside the San Mateo County History Museum.

Chinese Brush Painting:
Learn about the cultural meaning of flowers and fruit for the Lunar New Year and create your own artwork to take home in Atherton on February 9.

Chinese New Year Concert: 
Celebrate Lunar New Year and the Year of the Pig on February 16 with the San Francisco Symphony at this family event that draws on both ancient and contemporary traditions. Enjoy the Festival Reception’s host of activities followed by a performance of Eastern and Western repertoire by the Symphony. Continue the festivities after the concert by purchasing a ticket to the dramatic and glamorous Imperial Dinner.

San Francisco Chinese New Year Festival and Parade:
Just a hop, skip and jump away from your life at Bay Meadows is one of the top ten parades in the world that promises to warm your heart and electrify your senses on February 23. Experience gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions and exploding firecrackers. The newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. with her court is a crowd favorite in the spectacular 268′ Golden Dragon. Visit the full calendar of events here.

Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions: Year of the Pig:
On February 10, 12–4:30pm, join OMCA for the 18th annual Lunar New Year celebration, a fortune-filled family-friendly event to welcome in the Year of the Pig. Celebrate with spectacular cultural performances, demonstrations, traditional and contemporary music and dance, and much more. Explore connections between the diverse Asian cultures represented in California, including Chinese, Tibetan, Korean, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Japanese, and more.

History suggests that before Buddha left this world, he invited all of the animals to join him around his table for a feast. Of all of the creatures in the land, only 12 arrived. For their loyalty and faithfulness, these animals were rewarded in perpetuity by having a year named after each of them in their order of arrival.

The 12 animals run in sequence beginning with the Rat and followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and last, but not least, the Pig.

Occupying the last position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Pig symbolizes such character traits as diligence, compassion, and generosity. Pigs enjoy life and because they are entertaining, others enjoy their company. Pigs are giving souls and reap much enjoyment when they’re helping others, but sometimes they give too much. Honesty is what Pigs give and it’s what they expect to receive in return. Pigs are most compatible with a Rabbit or Goat and incompatible with the Monkey and Snake.

It’s Dumpling Time. Dine On Dim Sum!
If you choose to celebrate close to home, dine on Dim Sum with these top spots in San Mateo County. Plus, Hoodline shares their picks to “Ring in the Year of the Pig with San Mateo’s best Chinese restaurants”.


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