Lunar New Year

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LNY18---Poster-12x188th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Courthouse Square
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(Free Museum Admission this day)

Redwood City, its Parks Recreation and Community Services Department, and partner Redwood City International will be hosting the 8th annual Lunar New Year Celebration! City Officials and Staff will be joined by lion dancers, martial artists, taiko drummers, and other live performances, for this celebration of the Year of the Dog. Plus, folks can enjoy FREE ADMISSION to the San Mateo County History Museum where they can find FREE Kids Arts and Crafts!

The event is free and open to the public.

Tentative Schedule 

11:00- 11:25 AM  Opening Ceremonies
11:25 AM-12:00 PM  Shaolin Culture Center - Martial Artist  
12:00-1:30 PM Sing Tao Chinese Radio Entertainment 
1:30-2:00 PM  Enjoy the vendors and check out the great activities inside the museum! 
2:00-2:45 PM California Kung Fu & Tai Chi 
3:00-3:35 PM Shinnyo-En Temple - Taiko Drumming 
3:35-4:00 PM  Lion Dancers - Closing Ceremony 

About Lunar New Year

Welcome to Redwood City’s 8th 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. Thank you for joining us in Redwood City to celebrate the diversity of our community.

Chinese DogThe Year of the Dog

"Dog is man's good friend who can understand the human's spirit and obey its master, whether he is wealthy or not. The Chinese regard it as an auspicious animal. If a dog happens to come to a house, it symbolizes the coming of fortune. The invincible God Erlang in Chinese legend used a loyal wolfhound to help him capture monsters." -

Year of Birth
1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030

Lucky Colors
green, red, purple

Lucky Numbers
3, 4, 9; Avoid: 1, 6, 7

Lucky Flowers
rose, oncidium, cymbidium orchids

Zodiac Sign Compatibility
Best match: Rabbit
Bad Match: Dragon, Sheep, Rooster

This year welcomes the Year of the Dog and the beginning of a new year on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, and for other Asian cultures. The Dog is the eleventh sign in the Chinese astrological cycle. History suggests that before Buddha left this world, he invited all of the animals to join him around his table for a feast. Of all of the creatures in the land, only 12 arrived. The steadfast Ox led the way, but at the last moment, the Rat, opportunistic and fleet of foot, scampered over the Ox’ back and arrived first at Buddha’s door. For their loyalty and faithfulness, these animals were rewarded in perpetuity by having a year named after each of them in their order of arrival.

The 12 animals run in sequence beginning with the Rat and followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and last, but not least, the Pig.

If you were born during the Year of the Dog...

"People born in the Year of the Dog are usually independent, sincere, loyal and decisive according to Chinese zodiac analysis. They are not afraid of difficulties in daily life. These shining characteristics make them have a harmonious relationship with people around."


You can find more information about characteristics of this sign, and more, here.