恭喜发财 Gōngxǐ fācái! 恭喜發財 Gung Hay Fat Choy! Chúc mừng năm mới!
Felice nuovo anno Lunare! Happy Lunar New Year!
Please join US to Celebrate as we usher in the Year of the Rat!
Friday, January 24th 10:30-11:30 am - PreSchool Dogpatch campus
Friday, January 24th 8:45-9:30am - K4 Fell St. campus
Day, Date Time- Middle School Mission Campus
Parents are always welcome to attend school celebrations. Each campus will have a variety of activities from storytelling about the history and practices of this special holiday, followed by a parade complete with drums, dragons, and lions!
RED is considered a very lucky color on this day. Please feel free to send your kids in red or other bright colors or any cultural outfit you have as this is considered a time of family and friends reunion and celebration of all cultures.
If you are interested in helping out with decorations, activities or plan on attending, please join the Lunar New Year Committee (https://www.konstella.com/app/school/5995186be4b0d4b4906ccd91/committees/5a6641cae4b0773e62766b21) or contact Jessica Vo, mother of Alezio Ruggiero (Grandissimi Verdi) and Massimo Ruggiero (1st grade Arancioni) via Konstella, firstname.lastname@example.org or cell 415-521-6131. Your participation and volunteer assistance is greatly appreciated!
Please read on for more information about Lunar New Year history and celebrations in San Francisco:
The official start of the Rat Lunar New Year is on Saturday, January 25th. A great video explanation for kids can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVPHdFX9iHY.
Flower Market Fair in San Francisco China Town
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Grant Ave. from Clay to Broadway
Pacific, Jackson and Washington between Stockton and Kearny
The Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair is held on the weekend before Chinese New Year Day. The Flower Fair is the place to come to purchase fresh flowers, fruits, candies and brand new supplies for the home to begin the new lunar year. Delight in performances of traditional Chinese magicians, acrobats, folk dancers and opera as you take in the beautiful fragrances of spring. You will find over 120 booths and concessions making this a shopper’s paradise.
Oranges and tangerines are symbols for abundant happiness. The Cantonese word for tangerine, gut, sounds like good luck, while oranges, gum sound like gold. Tangerines with leaves intact assure that one’s relationship with the other remains secure. For newlyweds, this represents the branching of the couple into a family with many children.
FLOWERS AND PLANTS
Flowers and plants symbolize growth and if a plant blooms on New Year’s Day, this will signify a year of prosperity. The Chinese firmly believe that without flowers, there would be no formation of any fruits to bear seeds for the next generation. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to have flowers and floral decorations in the home to begin a new year.
Sweets are served to family and friends when they visit your home during Chinese New Year. The candies are displayed on a Harmony Tray in either groups of nine which sounds like longevity or eight, a homonym for prosperity.
Some of the more popular items you will find on the Harmony Tray are: candied melon (symbolizes growth and good health), red melon seeds (represents joy, happiness, truth, many sons and sincerity); candied coconut (encourages togetherness) and lotus seeds (represents fertility).
THE MAIN PARADE
Named one of the top ten Parades in the world by International Festivals & Events Association, the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco is one of the few remaining night illuminated Parades in North America and the biggest parade celebrating the lunar new year outside of Asia. Started in the 1860’s by the Chinese in San Francisco as a means to educate the community about their culture, the Parade and Festival have grown to be the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. Since 1958, the parade has been under the direction of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
Over 100 units will participate in the Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade. A San Francisco tradition since just after the Gold Rush, the parade continues to delight and entertain the many hundreds of thousands of people who come to watch it on the street or tune in to watch it on television on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Nowhere in the world will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers, and of course the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court. A crowd favorite is the spectacular 288′ Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”). It takes a team of over 180 men and women from the martial arts group, White Crane, to carry the Golden Dragon through the streets of San Francisco.
More history on the parade and a link to buy tickets can be found here: https://chineseparade.com/history/