Lunar New Year

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LNY19---Poster-12x189th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 9, 2019
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 9th 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 Pig. 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.


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   John Gill Mandarin Immersion Program and PlayThrive After School Performance
2:15-2:45 PM Taiko Drumming
2:45-3:30 PM California Kung Fu & Tai Chi
3:35-4:00 PM  Shaolin Lion Dancers - Closing Ceremony 

About Lunar New Year

Welcome to Redwood City’s 9th 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.

pigThe Year of the Pig

"Pig is not thought to be a smart animal in China. It likes sleeping and eating and becomes fat. Thus it usually features laziness and clumsiness. On the positive side, it behaves itself, has no plan to harm others, and can bring affluence to people. Consequently, it has been regarded as wealth." -

Year of Birth
1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031

Lucky Colors
yellow, grey, brown, gold

Lucky Numbers
2, 5, 8; Avoid: 1, 3, 9

Lucky Flowers
hydrangea, pitcher plant, marguerite

Zodiac Sign Compatibility
Best match: Tiger, Rabbit, Sheep
Bad Match: Snake, Monkey

This year welcomes the Year of the Pig and the beginning of a new year on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, and for other Asian cultures. The Pig is the twelfth 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 Pig...

"People with Chinese zodiac Pig sign are considerate, responsible, independent and optimistic. They always show generousness and mercy to endure other people's mistakes, which help them gain harmonious interpersonal relationships. However, sometimes they will behave lazy and lack actions. In addition, pure hearts would let them be cheated easily in daily life."


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