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February 11, 2011 > Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

For many cultures, celebrations of a New Year on January 1st are just fine, but the big show is reserved for a bit later. Often referred to as Chinese New Year, celebrations extend over a period of weeks. The "Year of the Rabbit," celebrating year 4708, began February 3rd and, similar to a combination of Christmas and New Year festivities in western cultures, family gatherings, feasts, parades and gifts are common.

Some cities, such as San Francisco, have distinct "China Town" districts that hold large Chinese New Year parades and celebrations. In the Southeast Bay Area, people from all over the world have successfully blended although evidence of multicultural influence is visible at many shopping centers and businesses focused on particular ethnic groups. Chinese New Year celebrations in this area are, however, no less exuberant.

Everyone, young and old, is invited to enjoy the warm and festive atmosphere of welcoming a New Year at the Fremont Main Library on Saturday, February 12. This free event, emceed by Lena Zee will feature music, folk dance, story telling, Chinese Yo-Yo demonstrations and Kung Fu. This event is well attended so come early!

Chinese New Year Celebration
Saturday, Feb 12
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
(510) 745-1421

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