Prepare for a Chinese New Year celebration in apartments in DTLA.
Los Angeles has one of the largest populations of Chinese-Americans in the country, and the Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, is one of the biggest holidays of the year and is on February 5!
It is a celebration of the beginning of a new calendar based upon the moon, as opposed to the Gregorian calendar, which uses earth’s trip around the sun as a basis. If you don’t know much about this holiday, think about trips to just about any small Chinese restaurant and the placemats full of animals. Each of the twelve animals represents a year in the 12-year cycle and this coming year will be the Year of the Pig!
How do you celebrate this festive occasion? It’s easy when you live in DTLA, especially if you’re lucky enough to live at Axis on Eleventh or Axis on Twelfth. There’s so much around to experience and enjoy, you can do any number of things to mark the day. Here are a few suggestions. Consider dressing in red (or living in a red building…Axis on Eleventh, anyone?). Red is an especially auspicious color for the occasion. Next, eat dumplings and oranges, and enjoy some wine. These foods and drink are traditional and delicious, so it shouldn’t be much of an imposition. If you need to clean house, either do it before the day or wait a couple days, after all, you don’t want to sweep out all of the good fortune of the New Year.
The best way to celebrate, though, is to attend an event where you can learn, experience new things and have fun. Here are a couple festive options that are super close and promise to be a blast.
Golden Dragon Parade & Chinese New Year Festival
Saturday, February 9, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Don’t miss the 120th annual Chinese New Year parade and festival in Downtown’s Chinatown. There will be plenty to see with acts on multiple stages featuring kung fu demos, and traditional music acts. It’s not all traditional though, as Far East meets West Coast with food trucks, craft beer, ping-pong, face-painting and more good stuff for everyone. And, of course, the highlight of the day is the Golden Dragon Parade that winds through town from Hill and Ord Streets, and ending at Broadway and Cesar Chavez.
L.A. Chinatown Firecracker Run
Saturday, February 16 at 7 a.m. to Sunday, February 17, 12 p.m.
Let your 2019 resolutions run into the Year of the Pig! Established in 1978, this is the the largest and longest-running Lunar New Year charity run in the United States. There are a lot of activities planned over the 2-day Firecracker Fest; you can Participate in a 5K or 10K run or walk as well as a 20 or 30-plus mile bike ride during this Chinatown tradition. Or just take it easy and take in the fireworks and fun. You may want to bring earplugs, just in case.
If you want to make in the year of the pig a lucky year for you, consider an apartment at Axis on Eleventh or Axis on Twelfth. That kind of move would definitely be an auspicious sign for things to come.