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Chinese Lunar New Year 2014 kicks off this weekend in San Jose

Firecrackers kick-off the Lunar New Year 2014
Firecrackers kick-off the Lunar New Year 2014

Distant sounds of nearby firecrackers can be heard crackling – to kick off Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, 2014 throughout the South Bay Area.

All weekend, the Tet, also known as Lunar New Year for the Vietnamese, celebrations take place at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Ending at 9 p.m. on Sunday, attendees numbering approximately 30,000 in past years, will experience fireworks, lion dances, a parade, an international food court, beauty pageants, games, fashion shows and more entertainment to celebrate the year of the horse.

This is just the beginning of more celebratory activities culminating with the famous Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco on February 15th. This night-lit parade is one of the top ten parades of the world, where visitors can learn more about the culture through the elaborate costumes, marching bands and street entertainment.

South Bay’s Santana Row will also present a Chinese New Year celebration later in the month featuring drumbeats, crashing cymbals of the Dragon and Lion dances as well as other traditional performances.

TET Festival
Saturday and Sunday, February 1 and 2, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
344 Tully Rd.
San Jose, CA 95111

Chinese New Year Parade
Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 5:15 to 8:00 p.m.
Market and Second Street to Kearny and Jackson, San Francisco, CA
Location of bleachers: Kearny Street (between Sacramento & California and between Pine & Bush)
415-340-3055 or 415-982-3071

Santana Row Chinese New Year 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 1 to 4 p.m.
377 Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

Kung Hei Fat Choi and chúc mừng năm mới – Good health and good luck to you and yours!

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