Celebrating Chinese New Year in San Diego

With their chubby faces and big ears, pigs are a sign of fortune and wealth in Chinese culture, a great prospect for 2019, the Year of the Pig. Following the Chinese zodiac, 12 different animals are each assigned a different year and then repeat in a 12-year cycle. Last year was the Year of the Dog and this year is Year of the Pig.

Chinese New Year begins on February 5th and will last for more than two weeks. Traditionally, this holiday is celebrated with red envelopes gifts, firecrackers, bells and lion dances (a symbol for good luck).

Interested in taking part in Chinese New Year? There are many ways that you can celebrate this vibrant and exciting cultural festivity.

Chinese New Year Festival at the International Cottages in Balboa Park

Where: International Cottages, Balboa Park
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10, 2019
What to expect: Lion dances, cultural performances, ethnic Chinese food, crafts and calligraphy

37th Annual Chinese New Year Fair

Where: Third Avenue and J Street in Downtown San Diego
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, and Sunday, February 17, 2019
What to expect: All types of family-friendly performances, including lion dances, kung fu, instrumental, traditional Chinese dances, acrobatics, as well as food and crafts.

Visit the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

Where: 404 3rd Ave
When: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, closed on Mondays
What to expect: Historical Chinese art and artifacts, pictures and information regarding Chinese immigrant life in a younger San Diego and an outdoor koi pond with a garden.

Take a Chinese Brush Painting Workshop

Where: Totally Bamboo Warehouse, 1880 Diamond Street, San Marcos
When: February 10, 2019 (generally the second Sunday of each month)
What to expect: Learn Chinese painting techniques and skills by a Los Angeles-based master calligrapher and brush painter. Each workshop is different and the cost is $45 per person.

Celebrating a wide range of cultural holidays teaches your children to embrace diversity.

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