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Lunar New Year celebrations throughout San Diego County

The Lunar New Year is tied to the lunar calendar, now entering into the Year of the Rabbit.

The Lunar New Year often called the Chinese New Year, is a holiday commemorated by many Asian cultures, including Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese. 

The Lunar New Year is tied to the lunar calendar, now entering into the Year of the Rabbit. For the Vietnamese zodiac, it is going to be the Year of the Cat. The Lunar New Year does change every year from late January to mid-Febuary. 

This year, Lunar New Year's Day is celebrated on Sunday, Jan.22. 

Here is a list of events throughout San Diego county over the next three weekends: 

Lunar New Years Festival

The Little Saigon Foundation’s Lunar New Year Festival returns to City Heights for an in-person three-day celebration. Attendees may enjoy folk and traditional performances, arts and cultural exhibitions, lion dances, and firecrackers. 

The festival began on Friday, Jan.20, and continues through Saturday, Jan.21 from 11 A.M. through 9 P.M. and Sunday, Jan 21 from 11 A.M. through 7 P.M. at Jeremy Henwood Park - 4455 Wightman Street, San Diego. Visit lunarnewyearfestival.org for more information. 

Chinese New Year Fair at the International Cottages 

The House of China at Balboa Park’s International Cottages is celebrating the year of the Rabbit. The celebration is free to the public and includes Lion dances, ethnic food, cultural performances, crafts, calligraphy, and more from Jan.21 through Jan.22 from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. at the International Cottages, 2191 Pan American Rd. W., Balboa Park. 

Lunar New Year’s Eve: An Evening of Mindfulness 

The Buddhist Deer Park Monastery in Escondido is hosting an evening of mindfulness with a lecture, Lunar New Year's ceremony, and performance. The event is free and takes place at Deer Park Monastery, 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido. Those who are interested in attending are asked to RSVP.

Crafting Culture: Traditions of the Chinese Lunar New Year 

The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum is presenting Crafting Culture: Traditions of the Chinese Lunar New Year on Jan.28 from 1 p.m. through 2:30 p.m. at College-Rolando Library, 6600 Montezuma Rd., College Area. During this event, attendees will learn how the Chinese zodiac was created, and hear discussions on the Chinese tradition of having a New Year's Eve dinner, placing a couplet at the door, using firecrackers, and saying auspicious phrases during the Chinese New Year period.

For more information, visit https://sandiego.librarymarket.com/event/crafting-culture-traditions-chinese-lunar-new-year . 

San Diego Chinese New Year Fair

The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association is presenting the fair to celebrate the Lunar New Year in the Gaslamp Quarter on Feb.4 from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. and Feb.5 from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Third Avenue and J Street, Downtown San Diego. For more information, visit sdcny.org

San Diego Tet Festival 

The Vietnamese-American Youth Alliance and Vietnamese Federation of San Diego will be hosting a Year of the Cat celebration from Jan. 27-29 at the Mira Mesa Community Park, 8575 New Salem Street. The festival will feature traditional lion dance performances, food vendors, a Vietnamese cultural village, carnival rides, and more. 

San Diego Tết Festival runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m Sunday.