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February 13, 2018 > Celebrate the Year of the Dog

Celebrate the Year of the Dog

New Years wishes will ring out once again as the Chinese Lunar New Year begins on Friday, February 16. This Spring Festival is a major holiday in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, and South Korea, as well as in Chinese communities around the world. The celebration traditionally runs for 16 days, culminating in the Lantern Festival on March 2. The New Year is observed with traditional food, new clothes, small red envelopes containing money, sacrifices to ancestors, house cleaning, red decorations, parades, fireworks, and cultural activities.

Years are named for the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, and 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Those born in the Year of the Dog are thought to have the best traits of human nature: loyalty, honesty, faithfulness, friendliness, and sincerity with an enduring good nature.

Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, is also celebrated this year on February 16. Festivities are very similar to those observed by the Chinese for their New Year.

Celebrations in the Bay Area include:

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UStar Productions is proud to bring to you the biggest Vietnamese New Year Festival in San Jose for three days, Friday, February 16 ? Sunday, February 18. Attendees will experience live entertainment, lion and dragon dance, talent contests, rides and games, food booths, business vendors and more.

San Jose New Year Tet Festival 2018
Friday, Feb 16 - Sunday, Feb 18
Feb 16, 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Feb 17 & 18, 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Eastridge Mall
2200 Eastridge Loop, San Jose
www.facebook.com/events/1642131902513298/
Free

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For one day only -- Saturday, February 17 -- Pacific Commons celebrates the Year of the Dog with a free, festive Chinese New Year celebration. The entire Fremont-area community is invited to enjoy a live dance performance and martial arts display by Jing MO, to learn the lion dance and take photos with the lion, and to take part in an exciting craft activity designed especially for children. Red envelopes containing $5 and $10 gift cards to center retailers will be distributed during the event.

Chinese New Year Celebration
Saturday, Feb 17
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Pacific Commons Plaza at The Block
(near Dicks Sporting Goods)
(510) 770-9798
http://pacificcommons.com/

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Join Union City Librarys Chinese New Year Celebration and make crafts like lion masks and hand drums, and enjoy a dance performance, food, music and games. The event is presented by Union City Librarys Teen Advisory Board.

Chinese New Year Celebration
Saturday, February 17
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Union City Library
34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd, Union City
(510) 745-1464
http://www.aclibrary.org/union_city
Free

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San Lorenzo Library will host a Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 17. Join in the afternoon fun with a puppet show, noise-maker craft, lantern making class, and a parade for the whole family to enjoy!

Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, Feb 17
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.: Puppet show
San Lorenzo Library
Greenhouse Community Room
395 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo
(510) 284-0640
www.aclibrary.org/san_lorenzo
Free

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The Year of the Dog of the Chinese Zodiac begins on February 16. Feng shui master and author Woody Chan will share insights into the characteristics of the earth dog and what the new year has to offer. Learn feng shui steps for your home and environment.

Feng Shui for the Year of the Earth Dog
Wednesday, Feb 21
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont
(510) 745-1401
www.aclibrary.org/fremont
Free

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Peopleologie workshops treat participants to an inside look at ancient and contemporary indigenous life and honor the preservation of cultural heritage around the world. Learn about Lunar New Year traditions and make a shadow puppet or zodiac animal to take home! For Grades K-5; register by calling (510) 577-3960.

Lunar New Year Crafts for Grades K-5
Friday, Feb 23
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
San Leandro Main Library
300 Estudillo Ave, San Leandro
(510) 577-3960
www.sanleandro.org/depts/library/
Free

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Enjoy a happy Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, February 24 at the San Leandro Main Library. Festivities at this family cultural event include live dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, and Korean drumming. Learn about the Year of the Dog!

Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, Feb 24
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
San Leandro Main Library
300 Estudillo Ave, San Leandro
(510) 577-3971
www.sanleandro.org/depts/library/
Free

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Fremont Main Library will be hosting their Chinese New Year celebration on Saturday, February 24. The program begins in the Fukaya Room with various performances such as dance, music, instruments, songs, a Kung fu demonstration and much more. The program will be followed by crafts for children in the Children's Area and Storytime Theater. This free event is sponsored by Citizens for Better Community, South Bay Chinese Club, and the Fremont Main Library.

Chinese New Year Celebration
Saturday, Feb 24
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Performances in Fukaya Room
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Crafts and storytime in Childrens area
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont
(510) 745-1421
www.aclibrary.org/fremont
Free

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Named one of the top ten parades in the world by International Festivals & Events Association, the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in North America and the biggest parade celebrating the Lunar New Year outside of Asia. Started in the 1860s by the Chinese in San Francisco as a means to educate the community about their culture, the Parade and Festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. See gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers, and the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court. A crowd favorite will be the new and spectacular 288' Golden Dragon ("Gum Lung").

Chinese New Year Parade
Saturday, Feb 24
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Market and Second St, San Francisco
(415) 889-8823
www.chineseparade.com
Free; $35 bleacher seat

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Join Oakland Museum of California for the 17th annual Lunar New Year Celebration, a fortune-filled family-friendly event to welcome in the Year of the Dog. Enjoy live performances and an array of Asian traditions in arts, crafts, food, demonstrations, and so much more. Explore connections between the diverse Asian cultures represented in California, including Chinese, Tibetan, Korean, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Japanese, and other Asian cultures. All activities included with museum admission.

Lunar New Year Celebration
Sunday, February 25
12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak S, Oakland
(510) 318-8400
http://museumca.org/LNY2018
Tickets: $14.95 adult, $10.95 senior/student, $6.95 youth

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South Bay Chinese Club will be celebrating Chinese New Year with our annual Chinese New Year dinner at the Union City Mayflower Restaurant. Expect a delicious menu and our ever-popular raffle with oodles of prizes. This is a very popular event and seats are usually sold out well before the deadline. Visit http://www.southbaychineseclub.org/events and RSVP by February 26.

Chinese New Year Celebration Dinner
Sunday, Mar 4
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Mayflower Restaurant
34348 Alvarado Niles Rd, Union City
http://www.southbaychineseclub.org/events
Cost: $35 adults, $15 children (5-10)

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