Lunar New Year 2023: The Year of the Rabbit

Lunar New Year on Sunday, January 22, 2023, ushers in the Year of the Rabbit. Enjoy one of the many events around the Bay Area to celebrate. Photo © M-image –

BAY AREA – Take part in a tradition that originated thousands of years ago and welcome the Lunar New Year. Also known as the Chinese New Year, the celebration marks the first new moon on the lunar calendar. This 15-day festival is often observed with customs and ceremonies to honor ancestors and banish bad luck. It is customary to present family members with red envelopes (called lai see or hóngbāo) containing small amounts of money. Red decorations are prevalent during the festival due to the ancient legend of a man-eating beast that feared the fiery hue. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit, and those born during this year are said to be “vigilant, witty, quick-minded and ingenious.” If you were born in 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 or 2011, you’re also a “rabbit”!

Lunar New Year 2023
Sunday, January 22, 2023

Lunar New Year Events in the Bay Area

Photo: Blackhawk Museum

Blackhawk Museum: Into China
Celebrate the New Year with a visit to the Blackhawk Museum’s acclaimed gallery featuring many fine handcrafted masterpieces representing China’s enormous scale and rich history.
Blackhawk Museum, Danville
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Vietnamese Lunar New Year in Berkeley
Start the party early with this free and family-friendly event featuring food, live music, beauty and singing contests, talent competitions and martial arts demonstrations.
Sunday, January 8, 2023
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Lunar New Year Celebration in Livermore
Head to the Bankhead Theater Plaza for this free family event featuring traditional Chinese dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, food, crafts and more.
Saturday, January 21, 2023
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San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade
In addition to the annual parade, this month-long celebration features a Flower Market Fair, the Miss Chinatown Pageant and Coronation Ball, the Basketball Jamboree and more!
Saturday, February 4, 2023
San Francisco
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