3 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year
Happy Year of the Horse! January 31st marks the start of the Chinese New Year, a 15-day celebration of the first day of the Chinese calendar. Also known as Lunar New Year due to the Chinese calendar’s use of lunar cycles, this holiday is one of the most important both in China and among Chinese expatriate communities across the world.
As part of the traditional Chinese New Year festivities, several communities in Los Angeles will hold special events and parades to mark this important day for the Chinese community. Below, Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers has compiled a list of three Southern California Chinese New Year events to check out this year.
Chinese New Year Festival in Monterey Park: January 25-26. This two-day festival will include plenty of delicious food, live entertainment and a floral fair. Be sure to arrive at 10am on January 25 to watch the traditional lion and dragon dancers. To learn more, visit www.ci.monterey-park.ca.us
- The Chinese Golden Dragon Parade in Chinatown: February 1. Since 1980, the Golden Dragon Parade has been a staple of Southern California Chinese New Year Celebrations. With two-dozen floats, firecrackers and thousands of spectators, this event is sure to be fun for the whole family. Learn more at www.lagoldendragonparade.com
- Tet Festival in Garden Grove: February 7-9. Vietnam also celebrates a lunar New Year, known as Tet, on the same day as Chinese New Year. The Tet Festival features dragon dancers, rides and Vietnamese food, this festival is a great showcase for Vietnamese-American culture. Get more details at www.tetfestival.org
We at TMIB wish you a Happy New Year!