The Chinese New Year is this January 31 and is widely regarded as the most important holiday of the year in Asian Culture. As part of this celebration, Chinese Americans congregate to buy presents, decorations, and special foods for this special holiday. Chinatown's restaurants also become a popular hub for many friends and families gathering for traditional Lunar New Year dinners. Xin Nian Kuai Le! We are fortunate to be minutes away from the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and one of the top ten parades in the world that promises to warm your heart and electrify your senses.

San Francisco’s Rich History.  The Chinese New Year Festival and Parade is a San Francisco tradition.  Beginning back in the 1860’s, the parade was originally used as a means to educate the community about their culture. Over the years, it has grown in popularity, continuing to delight the many hundreds of thousands of people who come to watch it on the street and tune in to watch on television. Named "One of the Top 10 Parades in the World" by IFEA, it is one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in the country.

A Delight for the Senses.  With over 100 units participating in the Chinese New Year Festival and Parade, viewers are entertained with a variety of spectacular floats, fantastic costumes, firecrackers, and the newly-crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court. Another crowd favorite is the 268' Golden Dragon ("Gum Lung").  The Golden Dragon requires a team of over 100 men and women to carry this incredible showpiece throughout the streets of San Francisco.  Truly a sight to behold!

Mercury News says, “If you are lucky enough to be in San Francisco for Chinese New Year, the 15-day festival that begins Jan. 31, a stroll around Chinatown before or after a meal will show you the neighborhood in its frenetic, bustling glory. (Go for the fried crab).”

However, if you find yourself at the New Year’s festivities and want to enjoy Dim Sum, here is a helpful list from yelp identifying the best Dim Sum restaurants found in Chinatown. Insider Tip: Looking for grab-and-go take out? Try Good Mong Kok Bakery or Delicious Dim Sum for an excellent Dim Sum experience.

Happy Lunar New Year, “The Year of the Horse”:
Lucky numbers  - 3, 4, 9
Lucky color – Green
Lucky flowers - Giant Taro, Jasmine
Most compatible signs for the Horse - Tiger, Sheep or Dog

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