Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the new year based on a lunar calendar. The date of Chinese New Year varies but falls between January 21st and February 20th, depending on the new moon. In 2018, Chinese New Year falls on February 15th-16th, but celebrations last for up to a month.
Chinese New Year involves many traditions and events and is widely celebrated in Asia. Most Asians have time off school and work, and they often travel to family reunions. Elaborate celebrations are also held in New York City and in San Francisco, which have large Chinese populations. Should you be visiting our Centers in San Francisco or New York over the next few days, consider experiencing the fascinating elements of Chinese culture by joining in on the festivities!
One of the signature events of the San Francisco Chinese New Year celebration is the Grand Parade. It will be held from around 5-8pm on Saturday, February 24th. The parade begins on 2nd and Market Street and will end in Chinatown at Jackson and Kearny Streets. There will be over 100 participants in the parade and it features incredible floats – including the 28-foot long Golden Dragon operated by more than 100 people.
The parade is televised should you wish to avoid the crowds. You can also buy tickets for bleacher seats along Kearny Street here. There will be a street fair during the day on the 24th where you can try tasty Chinese treats and experience traditional Chinese dancing, calligraphy and acrobats. Other events include a Miss Chinatown Pageant on February 22nd and the Chinatown YMCA Run on March 4th. You can discover more about the festivities by visiting SF Tourism Tips.
New York City also boasts a Chinese New Year’s celebration. A parade will be held on Sunday, February 25th from 1pm-4:30pm. The route goes down Mott St from Canal St, continues to East Broadway and continues through Sara Roosevelt Park via Forsythe and Eldridge St to Broome St. The parade will feature dragon dancing and a a fireworks display. Brookfield Place at Battery City Park will feature a Chinese cultural show on Saturday, February 17th and a Chinese New Year Gala Concert will be held at David Steffen Hall at the Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Tuesday, February 20th. Great Chinese food is available at many downtown restaurants this month. To read more about what is happening for Chinese New Year in New York City, visit this publication.
AMA Conference Centers have meeting centers in both New York City and San Francisco. To find out more about what meeting spaces and services we offer, contact us today. Xin nian kuai le and Gong xi fa cai! Happy New Year!