Year of the Dragon

Color, Majesty & Tradition

The roots of Chinese New Year in Los Angeles can be traced back to the 19th century when Chinese immigrants first arrived. Facing challenges and discrimination, these pioneers worked to maintain their cultural identity and traditions, and the Lunar New Year still serves as a significant anchor to their heritage.

As the Chinese community in Los Angeles grew and thrived, so did the colorful festivities surrounding the Chinese New Year! The annual Golden Dragon Parade, a hallmark of the celebration, debuted in the 1890s and features elaborate floats, vibrant performances, and the iconic golden dragon weaving through the streets of Chinatown, attracting locals and visitors alike.

In recent decades, Chinese New Year in Los Angeles has expanded beyond Chinatown, with festivities spreading across the city. From traditional lion and dragon dances to culinary delights and cultural exhibitions, the celebration has become integral to the multicultural mosaic that defines Los Angeles.

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Let’s Get Jazzy

Fat Tuesday LA Style

Mardi Gras marks a day of indulgence before the Lenten season begins. While our area lacks historical ties to this event, Southern Californians have embraced the festival’s spirit with lively events and gatherings. Old Pasadena and the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego are renowned for hosting energetic celebrations featuring colorful parades, lively music, and the indulgent cuisine of the Big Easy. Streets fill with revelers adorned in beads, masks, and vibrant costumes, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of Fat Tuesday festivities along the Gulf Coast. Local establishments in areas like West Hollywood, Long Beach, and Santa Monica also join the celebration, offering special menus, themed parties, live music, and festive decorations.

Southern California’s adaptation of Mardi Gras adds a unique West Coast flair to this centuries-old celebration, allowing residents to adopt and immerse themselves in the spirit of the season.

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Groundhog’s Day


“To Be or Not To Be”

February 2 is Groundhog’s Day in the United States and Canada! The tradition involves the adorable pudgy Groundhog emerging from its and HOPEFULLY NOT SEEING its shadow, since according to folklore, those in cold climates will be doomed to six weeks of winter. Who wants that?!

Here are a handful of fun Groundhog’s Day facts from a Good Housekeeping article!

  • Groundhog’s Day dates back to the Germanic holiday Candlemas, which denotes the end of winter. 
  • Groundhogs CAN predict the end of winter! Ok, that could be a stretch. The logic is that spring is around the corner if a Groundhog is inclined to come out of its hibernation burrow without immediately retreating back.
  • The 1993 movie Groundhog’s Day made the holiday widely popular. Tens of thousands of people across the United States participated in Groundhog’s Day festivities! 

Come what may, an early spring or more wintry days and nights, the cute and pudgy Groundhog graces us with its presence and gives a spring of hope, although fleeting. 

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