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Happy New Year! OK, Happy Lunar New Year! In the Chinese calendar, the longest chronological record in history dating back to 2700 B.C., this year marks the lunar year 4712 — Year of the Horse. The first day of the lunar year is January 31, 2014. For the Tet Vietnamese New Year it will be the same, Year of the Horse! 

Famous people born in the Year of the Horse include: Katie Holmes, Josh Hartnett, Mena Suvari, Ashton Kutcher, Jerry Seinfeld, Harrison Ford, Oprah Winfrey, John Travolta, Cindy Crawford, Jackie Chan, Denzel Washington, Barbara Streisand, Paul McCartney, Rembrandt, Leonard Bernstein. 

Here are selected local events celebrating the Lunar New Year in Santa Clara and San Francisco counties.

Silicon Valley/San Jose/Santa Clara County:

Saturday, February 8, 12:00-4:00pm – Children’s Discovery Museum special programming, 180 Woz Way, San Jose http://www.cdm.org/new#lunar 

Sunday, February 9, 12:00-4:00pm – Children’s Discovery Museum special programming, 180 Woz Way, San Jose http://www.cdm.org/new#lunar

Saturday, February 22, 1:00-4:00pm – Chinese New Year Celebration, Santana Row Park, San Jose http://www.santanarow.com/events/chinese-new-year-celebration

San Francisco/San Francisco’s Chinatown:

Saturday, January 25, 10:30am, mini procession/ribbon cutting, Chinatown/Grant Avenue

Saturday, January 25, 10:00am-8:00pm, Flower Market Fair, Chinatown/Grant Avenue

Sunday, January 26, 9:00am-6:00pm, Flower Market Fair, Chinatown/Grant Avenue

Friday, January 31, Chinese New Year, Vietnamese Tet
Saturday, February 8, 10:00am-4:00pm – Basketball Jamboree, Betty Ann Ong Recreational Center – San Francisco (www.chineseparade.com/parade_events.asp?pEvent=basketball_jam)

Saturday, February 8, 7:30pm – Miss Chinatown USA Pagent, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco (www.chineseparade.com/pageant.asp)

Sunday, February 9, 8:00am start, registration begins at 7:00am, 36th Annual Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Chinatown YMCA 10K/5K Run/Walk, Chinatown/Sacramento and Grant www.ymcasf.org/Chinatown

This event comprises a 10K or 5K run or walk and raises funds for the YMCA’s youth and teen programs. The event expects 2,000 participants and 300 volunteers. For more information or to register, please go to (www.ymcasf.org/Chinatown) or call 415.576.9622

Friday, February 14, 6:00pm-Midnight, Miss Chinatown USA Coronation Ball, San Francisco Hilton and Towers. Tickets: 415-982-3000

Saturday, February 15, 5:15-8:00pm, Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade http://www.chineseparade.com/calendar.asp

San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade began in 1860 and was named by the IFEA to be one of the top ten parades in the world! It is also one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in the country. Since 1958 the parade has been organized and directed by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

Chinese New Year Festival and Parade, Market and Second Streets to Kearney and Jackson. Check out “Gum Lung”, the 201-foot-long Golden Dragon! (www.chineseparade.com/)  Can’t be there?  Watch or DVR it on KTVU Fox Channel 2 or KTSF Channel 26 (Chinese broadcast) on Saturday, February 15, from 6:00-8:00pm.

Saturday, February 15, 10:00am-4:30pm – Chinatown Community Street Faire, Chinatown – San Francisco (www.chineseparade.com/parade_events.asp?pEvent=community_fair 

More Than A Hundred Years of the Chinese (Lunar) Calendar (1912 to 2031) —

The Chinese Calendar names each year after an animal and legend has it that a person born under a certain animal will display traits of that animal. I was born in the Year of the Tiger. What sign are you in the Chinese 12-year calendar cycle? Look up in the table below what year you were born and the corresponding animal.

Rat: 1912 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008 2020

Ox: 1913 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009 2021

Tiger: 1914 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010 2022

Rabbit: 1915 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011 2023

Dragon: 1916 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012 2024

Snake: 1917 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013 2025

Horse: 1918 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014 2026

Ram: 1919 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015 2027

Monkey: 1920 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016 2028

Rooster: 1921 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017 2029

Dog: 1922 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018 2030

Boar: 1923 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019 2031

Gung Hey Fat Choy! Happy Year of the Horse!

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! Happy Tet 2014 – Year of the Horse!

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