Today is the Lunar New Year, celebrated in many Asian cultures. Today also marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox in the Chinese zodiac. There are several New Year celebrations taking place in the Southland this weekend, the major ones being the Chinese New Year festival in downtown L.A. and the Têt Festival in Little Saigon.
Los Angeles' Chinatown marks the event with the annual Golden Dragon Parade, scheduled for 2:00 pm this Saturday, January 31 along North Broadway. The parade is part of a two-day Lunar New Year Festival taking place all weekend.
Also this weekend, Southern California's Vietnamese community celebrates Têt, the Vietnamese New Year, with the largest Têt Festival in the U.S. This three-day cultural festival in Little Saigon includes food, live entertainment and something called a "Culture Village."
There is another Têt Festival the following weekend, February 6-7, in South El Monte. The program includes a lion and dragon dance, a beauty pageant, martial arts demonstrations, traditional music and dance performances, orchid and bonsai exhibits and carnival rides.
Golden Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival, Chinatown. Saturday, January 31, 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday, February 1, 10 am to 5 pm. Free. Click here for more information and directions.
Têt Festival, Garden Grove Park. Friday, Jan. 30, 2-10 pm, Saturday, Jan. 31, 10 am to 10 pm, and Sunday, Feb. 1, 10 am to 9 pm. Admission $5. Free for children under 4' tall. Click here for more info.
L.A. Têt Festival, Whittier Narrows Regional Park, South El Monte. Saturday, Feb. 6, 11 am to 11 pm and Sunday, Feb. 7, 11 am to 10 pm. Admission $5 for adults and $3 for children. Click here for more info.