Chinese regard lunar new year is regarded
as the most important and largest holiday
of the year. The holiday is synonymous
in scope and size with the celebration
of Christmas in western culture.
As part of the the Chinese New Year celebration,
Chinese Americans come to Oakland Chinatown
every year to buy presents, decorations,
and special foods. In addition, Chinatown's
restaurants become a hub for many friends
and families to gather for traditional
Lunar New Year dinners.
The Chinese New Year Bazaar was created
in 1991 by the Oakland Chinatown Chamber
of Commerce to provide a festive event
for Oakland Chinatown to celebrate and
welcome the lunar new year.
This annual event covers two city blocks and occurs every year on
a weekend in either late January or February,
depending on when new year falls on the
lunar calander. The outdoor bazaar allows
local businesses to sell traditional flowers
and gifts in celebration of Chinese New
Years The event is located inside the
Pacific Renaissance Plaza's Courtyard
and surrounding streets.
The Bazaar features diverse cultural entertainment,
exquisite food demonstrations, fortune
telling, and a Little Prince and Princess
Contest (sponsored by Oakland Chinatown
The event offers an opportunity for Chinatown
residents and visitors to enjoy traditional
New Year festivities and an opportunity
to enjoy performances from Chinese culture.
The 2013 "Year of the Snake " Lunar New Year Bazaar will be held February 2&3, 2013. More information can be found here.