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February 19th, 2015 at 10:00 am

Chinese New Year in Southern California

Some call Feb. 19, the start of Chinese New Year 2015, the Year of the Sheep. Others call it the Year of the Goat. One way to get around the issue is to call it the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name.

The turn of the Chinese calendar is celebrated in Asian communities around the world with varying customs and traditions. Streets-long parades, firecrackers to frighten away mythical crop-eating beasts, and burning incense to usher in good fortune are among the activities you’ll find at Chinese New Year events throughout Southern California.

We’ve rounded up some of festivals, ceremonies, walk/runs and cultural performances that begin on Chinese New Year’s Eve:

For information on where to celebrate in Los Angeles, read more.

For information on where to celebrate in Orange County, read more.

Have a great time, and don’t forget to say it: “Gung Hei Fat Choy!” (“wishing you prosperity and happiness!”).

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