What is commonly called the Chinese New Year, is actually the lunar new year, one of the most celebrated holidays in many Asian cultures, including Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.
[caption id="attachment_6072" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="Photo by Alex Akamine."][/caption] What is commonly called the Chinese New Year, is actually the lunar new year, one of the most celebrated holidays in many Asian cultures, including Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. This year, February 10th ushers in the Year of the Snake, which will be celebrated in several different communities around Los Angeles with dragon parades, colorful festivals, and large family meals. Los Angeles Chinatown LA Chinatown kicks off the Year of the Snake with a traditional New Year's Eve ceremony on February 9 at 11pm. at Thien Hau Temple. The ceremony includes incense burning, offerings to deities, lion dancers and firecrackers along with Buddhist and Taoist monks. The 2013 Chinese New Year Festival follows, during the weekend of February 16-17 on South Hill Street. The 114th Golden Dragon Parade will begin February 16 at 1pm. Tickets are available for the grandstand through the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles. Race/La will hold its annual Great Chinatown Hunt on February 17 at 11am. Participants will search for clues throughout the festivities. Registration is $35 per person and is available on the Race/LA website. Festival-goers can take a break from the celebration by indulging in a meal at Yang Chow, known as one of the best Chinese restaurants in LA. The North Broadway eatery is famous for its Slippery Shrimp dish, which was featured on the Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." San Gabriel Valley The 22nd Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration will take over five blocks along Valley Boulevard from Garfield Avenue to Almansor Street on February 16 from 10am to 5pm. Activities include a dragon boat rowing station, an auto square, children's workshops, a health fair, cultural demonstrations, giveaways, games and ethnic foods. In San Gabriel, the American Chinese Cultural Association will celebrate with the 2013 U.S. Chinese-American New Year Festival Gala at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. The variety show includes dance, instrumental music, and songs from the community. Nearby, New Capital Seafood Restaurant on West Valley Boulevard will be serving up its famous delicious dim sum during the day and family-style Chinese cuisine for dinner in the evening. Pasadena The Pacific Asia Museum will celebrate the new year with its third annual Lunar New Year Festival on February 2, from 11am to 5pm. Admission to the events, performances, crafts, demonstrations and museum galleries is free and open to the public. Afterward, families can enjoy lunch specials or family dinner specials for two people or more at Fu-Shing Chinese Restaurant on East Colorado Boulevard. Facebook Tweet Linkedin Pinterest Google + Interested in becoming a Contributor?