Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of a new year on the lunar calendar. This year marks the Year of the Dog on the Chinese zodiac. Traditional celebrations include fireworks and a dragon dance, where a team of performers dress up as a lion and dance to ward off evil spirits. The Immortals Lion Dance troupe performed the Lion Dance this year and staged a fight over a lucky lettuce on the festival stage.

The City of San Gabriel celebrated the Year of the Dog with dances, music performances, games and a street carnival on Sunday. Hundreds gathered to watch performers, eat traditionally “lucky food,” such as dumplings and roasted chestnuts, and spend time with family and friends. This Chinese New Year celebration is one of many festivals held throughout Los Angeles. 

  • Bebe the dog wears a lucky red outfit in honor of Chinese New Year.
  • Roasted chestnuts are a traditional treat for Lunar New Year.
  • A chef checks a boiling pot of rice.
  • Lanterns decorate the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.
  • Volunteers draw calligraphy in front of the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.
  • Shoppers buy fresh daffodils and bamboo from a vendor.
  • A street vendor adds hot pepper to grilled squid.
  • The red lion holds a sign wishing everyone a happy new year.
  • The red lion crunches on the lucky lettuce.
  • The green lion holds a red scepter in its mouth.
  • A dragon accompanies the Lion Dance on the San Gabriel festival stage
  • The Immortals Lion Dance group perform with green and red lions.
  • A booth sells traditional Chinese lanterns and good luck charms.
  • Boba artist from Sharetea decorates mini cups of steamed milk with chocolate sauce.
  • Dancers from The Asian Arts Talent Foundation dance with bowls on their heads for a Mongolian bowl dance to celebrate the new year.
  • The Asian Arts Talent Foundation dancers perform a traditional lantern dance.


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