Ring in the Year of the Pig

The Lunar New Year Celebration takes over Oakland’s Chinatown.


Photo by GER Youth Center courtesy OACC LNY 2013

Although it may feel like the holidays are officially over, one of the biggest celebrations in the world still has yet to pass. The Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year, is on Tuesday, Feb. 5, this year. There are 12 Chinese zodiac animals used to represent years, and 2019 is the year of the Pig (or boar), which is associated with wealth and fortune.

While the holiday isn’t as huge here in the United States as it is in countries such as China, Indonesia, and the Philippines, you can still celebrate right here in Oakland. The Oakland Asian Cultural Center is ringing in the Year of the Pig with free family-friendly performances and activities.

Watch performances including lively lion dancing, Chinese folk dance, Mongolian folk dance, guzheng/zither, taiko drumming, and more. And if you’re bringing your kids, keep them entertained with arts and crafts as well as a family reading celebration with story time and music class, geared towards kids under 8 years old. Plus, the first 75 participants will receive a free new children’s book.

Lunar New Year Celebration, Sun., Feb. 10, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St Ste 290, Oakland, OACC.cc.

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