Is there a large Asian community near where you live celebrating the Chinese New Year today?
Here in the Monterey Peninsula, there is a large Korean-American community and they also celebrate the Chinese or lunar calender new year. It is typically a family holiday, with some Koreans dressing up in colorful traditional Korean clothing called hanbok.
Last year, when my grandchildren were taking Korean language classes, I was surprised to see them and their classmates dressed up in colorful traditional clothes when I picked them up — until it I realized it was the Korean New Year.
I thought is was an adorable tradition, and especially that the boys wore pink! So of course, I have to post these photos.
The children ate traditional food served for the Korean New Year day.
There is a large Chinese population in the Philippines, and today is celebrated as a special, non-working holiday.
The U.S. cities with the largest Chinese-American population outside of Asia is New York, followed by San Francisco. In San Francisco’s Chinatown community, the annual — and always grand — Chinese New Year Parade and festivities is scheduled on Saturday, March 7th.
Have you been to a Chinese New Year Parade or take part in a lunar calendar new year celebration?