Year of the Dragon 4710: Lunar New Year 01.23.2012
Friday, January 20, 2012 at 12:43PM
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The Lunar New Year celebration is observed by the Chinese, Koreans, and Vietnamese. This is the main event of the year, for more than one quarter of the world’s population. "Spring Festival," is the the literal translation of the Chinese New Year. In China, the Dragon is the imperial symbol and the male element of Yang, wish is synonymous with power and wealth. The Dragon has emerged the following years: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, and 2012 . According to Chinese horoscope, people born in the year of the Dragon are imaginative, decisive, self-confident, curious, generous and romantic .

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy New Year


Chinese New Year begins with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The 15th day of the new year is called the Lantern Festival which is celebrated in the evening with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a festive parade. The Lantern Festival seems to have originated in ancient times as a ceremony to usher in the increasing light and warmth of the sun after the winter’s cold.

A Few of the New Year Traditions..

Chinese New Year Celebration in San Francisco

In 1847 San Francisco was a sleepy little village known as Yerba Buena with a population of 459. With the discovery of gold and the ensuing California Gold Rush, by 1849, over 50,000 people had come to San Francisco to seek their fortune or just a better way of life. Among those were many Chinese, who had come to work in the gold mines and on the railroad. By the 1860's, the Chinese were eager to share their culture by using a favorite American tradition - the Parade. Nowhere in the world will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers and a crowd favorite, the spectacular 250' Golden Dragon ("Gum Lung") It takes a team of over 100 men and women from the martial arts group, White Crane to carry this dragon throughout the streets of San Francisco. If in town Saturday, February 11, 2012 don't miss it SF-ChineseParade

Chinese New Year Celebration in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Golden Dragon Parade
Saturday, Jan, 28 2012 is the 113th Annual Golden Dragon Parade. With over thousands and thousands of individuals lining the parade route and thousands viewing the telecast each year, this colorful celebration along North Broadway in Chinatown has become the premiere cultural event in the Southern California Asian-American Community.

Favorite Chinese Proverbs

Express your New Year wish for the year of Dragon


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