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Local Celebrations to Mark Chinese New Year

  • By Luo Zhen

Time flies, Christmas and New Year went by in the blink of an eye. For people who live a busy life, holiday is never enough. However, living in the U.S. - the big melting pot , we have yet another chance to celebrate the New Year  - Chinese New Year.

Especially for Chinese Americans, that is the real " New Year ".
In Southern California, most famous Chinese New Year celebrations are Chinatown's " Golden Dragon Parade " followed by Monterey Park's street festival and Alhambra's "Si Hai Ying Chun"
Golden Dragon Parade has 115 years of history. It is like the Chinatown's Rose Parade. This year's dragon parade is scheduled to be held at Feb. 1 (Saturday)  in Los Angeles and there will be hundreds of novel floats, dance teams and bands and of course, dragon and lion dance, traditional food is essential to the event.
Alhambra's Chinese New Year festival also has twenty years of history. It will be held along the Valley Boulevard in Alhambra on February 8,and is expected to have over 200 commercial booths. Food, drink and everything you can enjoy.
The Monterey Park's Year of Horse Spring  celebration is the largest and oldest in the San Gabriel Valley. Garvey Avenue will be closed between Garfield and Alhambra avenue for more than 150 commercial booths and entertainment stages on January 25-26.
The newest festival is Rosemead. The city and its large Vietnamese population will hold its Lunar New Year Family Festival on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 9155 E. Mission Drive, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition, Universal Studios Hollywood , Disneyland in Anaheim , Bowers Museum also prepared a grand celebration to welcome the Year of the Horse.
"Chinese New Year " is a tongue twister. Therefore, some people prefer to call it "Spring Festival”, others call it "Lunar New Year " or " Old Calendar New Year ."
Since 1949, mainland China adopted the Western calendar New Year as the "New Year", and rename the Chinese New Year to "Spring Festival."
This change may seem trivial, but in fact tampered the tradition. In old China and throughout Chinese history the New Year is always in the almanac, and are simply called "Guo Nian".

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