Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is not only celebrated in Asia. It is also common to see the colourful parades typical of these dates in the largest occidental cities. Parades in which the Lion Dance is usually performed to chase away evil spirits and in which the red colour stands out as a symbol of luck and wealth.
This year the lunar calendar starts the 16th February, day in which Chinese people will welcome the Year of the Dog. Chinese zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle of 12 signs: the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the goat, the monkey, the rooster, the dog, the pig, the rat and the ox.
In San Francisco, of course, there will be also a celebration of the Chinese New Year. This city has the second largest Chinese community in the United States, just after New York. This is why this festivity is so important in the cultural agenda of San Francisco. Chinatown, the Chinese neighbourhood, is located on the Northeast area and you can usually find the locals practising tai chi or playing mah jong in the street.
This time, the New Year’s parade will take place on Saturday 24th February, starting at 5:15pm at 2nd Street and Market Street and finishing around 8pm at Jackson Street and Kearny Street. It consists of one of the most important New Year’s parades in the world. Every year more than 3 million people go out to enjoy this celebration.
Related stop: Chinatown Gate, of the San Francisco City Loop.