The Year of the Earth Dog approaches! Which basically means it will be a secure, rewarding
and profitable year. Whether we were raised with these traditions or not, it’s an exciting
time for all of us. Here are 12 ways you can celebrate this year! 🙂
1. Teach Your Kiddos All About the Lunar New Year
Celebrate the Year of the Dog with a quick run down of what the Lunar New Year is all about. We love China Family Adventure’s post for this because it’s kid-friendly and jammed packed with info on significance, preparation, greetings, crafts and more!
2. Figure Out What Your Child’s Sign Says About Them…
In China Family Adventure’s post you can learn all about the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac and figure out what your sign is. Then, using this super fun post from Parentmap, you can see what your child’s sign says about them and see if it’s accurate. Psst..any baby born this year will be fearless, honest, and opinionated. 😉
3. Make Crafts and Decorate the House
Preparing the house for the new year includes cleaning, paying respects to ancestors and making decorations! We adore these simple and easy crafts from Parentmap and be sure to check China Family Adventure’s guide as well to find out how you can make your own paper lanterns!
4. Prepare Your Feast
One of the many traditions is to have a bountiful feast with super long noodles (for life), green veggies (for good harvest), oranges (for wealth) and lots more! If you’re new to cooking some of these yummy traditional foods, check out these easy recipes from The Spruce!
5. Pick Up Some Red Envelopes
This delightful tradition is a great way to teach your little ones about the reciprocity of giving and receiving. It’s a gesture of good will and if you’re not sure what to put inside or how the custom works, check out this awesome post from Chinese American Family. You can find these envelopes in China Town or many Asian markets across SoCal.
6. Attend a Celebration
• Celebrate Chinese Lantern Festival at Pretend City in Irvine
February 15: Immerse your child in a cultural experience as we celebrate Chinese New Year and learn about Chinese traditions. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Price is included in admission.
• Lunar New Year Celebration
February 17: Celebrate the Year of the Dog and experience Asian cultural music, dance, and art. Plus, enjoy a Koto and Bamboo Flute performance as well as Japanese dance. Kids and parents can get a henna tattoo and make their own Lunar New Year greeting card while enjoying the celebration. 1-3 p.m. Bella Terra Pavilion Event Plaza.
• Lunar New Year Festival in Pasadena
February 17: Experience how the Lunar New Year is celebrated in China, Korea and Cambodia with music, dance, art making, storytelling, and a host of other family-friendly entertainment. Say goodbye to the year of the Rooster and welcome the year of the Dog. Free. 11 a.m. Pacific Asia Museum.
• Tet Festival in Costa Mesa
February 16-18: The Annual Tet Festival, celebrating the beginning of spring and the Lunar New Year of the Dog, features culturally enriching attractions, live entertainment, festive games and rides, a variety of ethnic foods, and a spectacular firecracker show. Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. One day, $5-6; three-day online tickets, $12. OC Fair and Event Center.
• Chinese New Year Festival in San Marino
February 17-18: Families enjoy crowd-pleasing lion dancers, amazing performances from a mask-changing artist, plus choreographed martial arts demonstrations, Chinese music, food, and much more. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The festivities will take place in and around the Chinese Garden and other performance spaces. All activities are included with general admission.
• 27th Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
February 24: Celebrate Lunar New Year with a street festival covering five full city blocks, with a dragon boat rowing station, an auto square, children’s workshops, a health fair and cultural demonstrations that provide festival-goers with a taste of the Asian culture. Young and old alike enjoy fun giveaways, games and ethnic foods. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free admission.
• 17th Annual Lantern Festival in Los Angeles
March 3: Join Angelenos beneath Chinese lanterns in Downtown L.A. for the 15th Annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival. The event marks the closing of the Lunar New Year festivities with engaging community booths, live entertainment, music, arts and crafts, and food trucks. Noon – 7 p.m. Free. Chinese American Museum.