Gung Hay Fat Choy! 9 Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Can’t wait to celebrate Chinese New Year here in the Bay Area!

Red Tricycle

Lunar New Year, strongly tied to the annual Chinese New Year celebration, offers countless ways to rejoice all over the Bay Area. Welcome the Year of the Pig with traditional lion dances, crafts and fortune cookies as you join in one of these festive celebrations and parades. Traditional arts like origami and calligraphy are demonstrated and kids can make festive paper lanterns to take home. Gung hay fat choy!

photo: Paul via Flickr

San Francisco

Chinese New Year’s Day Parade, Chinatown
Considered one of the best of its kind in the U.S., San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade comprises colorful floats, dazzling costumes, performers ranging from stilt walker to lion dancers and the freshly crowned Miss Chinatown USA. Another highlight is always the famous Golden Dragon, “Gum Lung”, requiring about 180 handlers for its 268-foot length. It’s all enlivened by drummers and the endless popping of firecrackers. Parade starts on…

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