The Lunar New Year begins Tuesday, February 5th. Millions celebrate the event worldwide, and festivities kick off in Oroville this coming weekend. Also known as the Spring Festival, the event is one of the oldest Asian holidays and is traditionally celebrated for 15 days. This year, it is the year of the pig.
This year's local celebration is happening from noon to 4 PM at the Oroville Chinese Temple, at 1500 Broderick Street.
"It would be nice to see little pigs coming," shares Louisa Louie, one of the festival organizers and co-owner of Tong Fong Low, Oroville's oldest Chinese restaurant.
The Lunar New Year is a time to reunite with family and clean the house, to sweep out the bad and invite in the good. Many wear red, the traditional symbol of happiness and prosperity, and share crimson envelopes that contain money.
You can try your hand at some traditional lunar year activities at the weekend festival, like Chinese calligraphy.
Chinese folklore describes those born in the year of the pig as independent, sincere, loyal and decisive.
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