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 Lunar New Year Bazaar

 

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 Lion's Club).

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 2014 "Year of the Horse " Lunar New Year Bazaar will be held January 18 & 19 , 2014. More information can be found here.