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San Diego Celebrates Chinese New Year 2012

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It is officially the Year of the Dragon, and what better way to celebrate than at the 30th annual San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair, hosted by the San Diego Chinese Center (SDCC).

This two-day event January 28-29 will feature over 20 performances that range from lion and dragon dances, martial arts demonstrations, traditional Chinese music performances, folk dances, taiko drumming and a wide variety of food and craft vendors.  There will also be a Children’s Craft Area, where young ones will learn how to make traditional lanterns and masks.  They may even be chosen to participate in the Lantern Parade, which takes place on the main stage at 2:00 p.m. each day.

Of course, the history of these celebrations extend deep into the roots of the Chinese culture.  It is often said that Chinese New Year, or the Lunar New Year, is the most important of all traditional Chinese holidays.  It marks the end of the winter season and the first of Spring.  Usually, families gather for a traditional feast, and relatives pass red envelopes bearing undisclosed amounts of money to younger generations.  As with any new year, it is important to reconcile, forgive grudges, wish peace and happiness to friends and neighbors and start the new year with a clean slate.

“The Chinese New Year is an important event in the Chinese community – a time for family and friendship and giving thanks,” says Kwong Hui, SDCC president.  “We welcome the San Diego community to share our celebration of the Year of the Dragon.”

The best part is everyone is invited to this weekend’s extravaganza.  Yes, admission is free, and all are welcome to take part in the festivities.  This would be a great opportunity to spend time with family, introduce friends to another culture, taste authentic Chinese food or just share in the celebration.

All proceeds from the event go towards the cultural programs and charitable service provided to the community by the San Diego Chinese Center.

Key Details:

What: San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair

Where: Asian Pacific Thematic Historical District ( Third Ave and J Street)

When: Jan 28-29, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission: FREE, all ages

For more information, please visit here.

Images by John Salmon and Hub☺ via Google Images and Flickr.

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