The Lunar New Year isn’t until this weekend but the streets of Chinatown in Los Angeles are already buzzing. The cherry blossom trees that line the sidewalks are in full bloom and add a soft pink touch to the colorful red and gold that adorn the streets. Red lanterns hang in the plazas, swaying gently in the wind. In just a few short days, Chinatown will be host to hundreds of people dancing and celebrating, ringing in the new lunar year. I’m so excited, I can already see the confetti in the air!
As Julie mentioned in her post last week, this weekend marks the turn of another year on the lunar calendar and represents a time to celebrate a new beginning. Traditionally, it runs from Lunar New Year’s Eve, which is the last day of the last month, until about the 15th of the first month. Because it is celebrated throughout many countries, celebrations vary from traditional customs to parades, family gatherings, and gift-giving, and in many major American cities, the festivities are most througout in the Chinatown neighborhoods.
Wondering what to do to ring in the Lunar New Year in LA? Be sure to check out these celebrations:
Saturday, February 21 from 12-8:30pm
116th Annual Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival. Located at the Central and West Plazas.
116th Annual Golden Dragon Parade: 1-3pm. Commencing at Hill and Ord Streets and concluding at Broadway and Cesar Chavez.
Main Stage Performances: 12-7:30pm. Dragon and lion dance, Chinese acrobatics, martial arts, acrobatic balancing, teapot juggling, and DJ music.
Culinary Stage: 4-8pm. Various Chinese cooking demos.
There will also be live music featuring eight bands, a vintage photo booth, a craft beer garden, and various artisans including brush painters, calligraphers, sculptors, and more.
And if you’re not in LA, be sure to look up events close to you, the whole world will be celebrating, so there’s likely something happening close by!
+ What will you be doing to celebrate Lunar New Year?
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