Lunar New Year

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10th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 1, 2020
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 10th 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 Rat. 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
2:15-2:45 PM Taiko SOBA- Palo Alto Buddhist Temple Dharma School
2:45-3:30 PM California Kung Fu & Tai Chi  
3:35-4:00 PM  Far East Lion Dancers Association - Closing Ceremony 

About Lunar New Year

Welcome to Redwood City’s 10th 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.

RATThe Year of the Rat

The Rat ranks first on the Chinese zodiac signs. It has characteristics of an animal with spirit, wit, alertness, delicacy, flexibility and vitality. -

Year of Birth
1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032

Lucky Colors
gold, blue, green; unlucky are yellow & brown

Lucky Numbers
2, 3; unlucky are  5, 9

Lucky Flowers
Lily & African Violet

Zodiac Sign Compatibility
Best match: Ox, Dragon, Monkey
Bad Match: Horse, Rooster

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

"People born in the Year of the Rat are instinctive, acute and alert in nature which makes them to be brilliant businessmen. They can always react properly before the worst circumstances take place. They are also sophisticated and popular in social interaction. They are sanguine and very adaptable, being popular with others."


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