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Your Guide to San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Celebration

 February 5th, 2019 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year or rather the start of the lunar new year and this year will welcome the year of the pig. To help celebrate the holiday San Francisco will be hosting a variety of events, mostly held in Chinatown, that will highlight the Chinese culture and the importance of this time of year. Here is your helpful guide to San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Celebration.

Year of the Pig

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According to Chinese culture and traditions, the Year of the Pig is a year in which many good things can come your way, i.e. wealth, exciting careers changes, and new love. According to the Chinese zodiac, pigs’ personality is diligent, compassionate, and generous. It is also believed that your zodiac year is bad luck, so pigs, sorry this isn’t quite your year. Learn more about the Year of the Pig here.

Eat some dumplings

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Traditionally, it is customary to eat dumplings each day of the Chinese New Year. That means nearly three weeks of eating dumplings. While that may be a bit excessive, this is a great time to try some of these tasty treats. With the strong presence of Chinese cuisine in San Francisco, you won’t have a problem finding a restaurant serving up this traditional meal.

Cultural Tours

Understanding what you are celebrating is just as important as the celebration itself. Learn more about the rich history of the Chinese culture with a guided walking tour. All About Chinatown is a great way to educate yourself about this vibrant neighborhood and culture.

Chinese Flower Market Fair

The Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. So, it only seems fitting to host a flower market fair with a beautiful showcase of spring flowers. Since the holiday marks the end of the coldest days, people welcome in what spring brings with it – warmer temperatures, new beginnings, and fresh flowers. At the Chinese Flower Market Fair, visitors can explore city blocks full of flowers and fruit trees while welcoming in the new year. The market is held February 2nd and 3rd.

Chinese New Year Parade

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To close out the new year celebrations, the Chinese New Year Parade is the event you don’t want to miss! Held this year on February 23rd, this loud, boisterous, and colorful display of the Chinese culture is a once-in-a-lifetime event to add to your travel itinerary. As one of the top parades in the world, over 100 floats will participate with drums drumming, firecrackers popping, and the crowd-favorite – a 288-foot Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”). The parade starts at 6:00 PM.

Your San Francisco Inn

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The San Francisco Chinese New Year celebration is one of the most anticipated events of the year. The city comes to life with weeks of events and entertainment. If you are planning to attend be sure to browse our accommodations at Inn San Francisco. Enjoy readily available public transportation from our location to all the festivities and take comfort in relaxing in your charming room away from the festival noise. We offer a variety of rooms types from large spacious to smaller cozier rooms for two, plus a freshly made complimentary breakfast. So, book your stay with us today and we look forward to seeing you this Chinese New Year! 


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