2014 marks the year of the horse and for those that celebrate the Lunar New Year, it marks a year of better fortune as well. If you are in the Orange County area, you can celebrate the new year with different events ranging from festivals to supper clubs and much more. Here are some local events taking place in Southern California.
Garden Grove, CA 92844
Date: Feb. 7-9, 2014
The start of spring calls for a celebration in the Vietnamese culture and marks a time for those of Vietnamese descent to start fresh in the new year. Each year, more than 100,000 individuals attend this festival, marking it as one of the largest of its kind in the country. Visitors enjoy a wide array of traditional food, live entertainment, games and events like a beauty pageant. The festival helps preserve the Vietnamese culture in the three-day weekend it takes place. Because of an issue between the organizers and the city of Garden Grove, the location has yet to be determined this year for the event, but the UVSA will announce a location for 2014 once it has been secured.
Chef Jeff’s Supper Club: Lunar New Year
Center for Living Peace
4139 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
Date: Jan. 30, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Cuisine is one of the best ways to celebrate a a culture and learn more about tradition. This lunar year, take the time to indulge in the traditional and not-so-traditional foods from China, Korea and Vietnam. Those who attend the event will need to pay $30 per person or $50 per couple, and the event is appropriate for ages 18 and up. Chef Jeff will explore the traditional food for the holiday and food that will showcase each of the three nations. Those that attend will be given recipes to take home.
Lunar New Year Celebration
345 E. Main St.
Tustin, CA 92780
Date: Feb. 16, 2014 from 12pm to 4pm
Once a year, the city of Tustin hosts a colorful celebration during the Lunar New Year where the community can get a chance to receive lucky red envelopes and enjoy calligraphy art. Come enjoy the festivities that include cultural performances, art exhibits, food trucks and much more. It’s a day that is filled with family and friends celebrating the start of the new year of the horse. Admission is free for those who attend.
Disney California Adventure Park
1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
Date: Jan.-Feb., 2014
Bring the family to one of the best places to celebrate the coming of the new year: Disney California Adventure. With festive decor and a wide arrangement of festive colors in the park, the cultural event will be evident in certain areas of the park. From the ornamental lanterns and the banners hanging high from the sky in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, California Adventure will wish all a happy Lunar New Year. Performances will also take place with a few familiar Disney characters taking part in the fun and festivities.
Target Free First Sunday: Lunar New Year
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Date: Feb. 2, 2014 from 10am to 4pm
On the first Sunday of the month, the Bowers Museum, in a sponsored event by the Target Corporation and the Nicholas Endowment, will offer free admission to both the Kidseum and the main museum to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The family-friendly event includes dancing, arts and crafts and performances. Previous years have had anywhere from 1,500 to 5,000 people in attendance.
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