For Immediate Release
February 5, 2014
Public Communication and Engagement Manager
Redwood City Hosts Lunar New Year Celebration This Weekend
Thousands of residents, visitors and entertainers will be on Courthouse Square This Saturday
Celebrating the "Year of the Horse"
Redwood City, Calif. - Redwood City, its Parks Recreation and Community Services Department, and partner Redwood City International will be hosting the annual Lunar New Year Celebration at the historic and beautiful Courthouse Square on Saturday, February 8, 2014, from 11am-4pm. Mayor Jeffrey Gee and City staff will be joined by lion dancers, red panda acrobats, martial artists, as well as Miss California, Crystal Lee, for this celebration of the Year of the Horse. Annually, crowds of several thousand people attend Redwood City's Lunar New Year. The event is free and open to the public.
This is Redwood City's fourth annual Lunar New Year celebration. The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in Asian heritage, often celebrated with big family gatherings, gift giving, the eating of symbolic foods, and displays of festive decorations - all focused on bringing good luck for the New Year and celebrating the imminent arrival of spring.
"This event is in celebration of different cultures throughout Asia," explains Mayor Jeffrey Gee. "We hope all of our residents come have fun with their fellow community members at Courthouse Square this weekend, and experience how we celebrate our diversity in Redwood City."
The event includes:
- An opening ceremony featuring Kristen Sze of ABC7 Morning News
- Lion dancers, martial artists, and more from Shaolin Culture Center
- Red Panda acrobats
- Taiko Drum performers
- Demonstration by California Kung Fu & Tai Chi
- Performance by Benjamin Sun, Master of the Erhu
The event also features children's activities, such as Kids Arts & Zodiac-themed crafts and an inflatable Playland. The children's crafts in the Rotunda will include activities such as calligraphy, and the creation of paper lanterns and red envelopes. On that same day, admission to the San Mateo County History Museum is FREE all day and visitors can enjoy the Museum's featured Lunar New Year Celebration activities.
For more information, please visit Redwood City online.