If you ever wished to explore the Chinese-influenced culture of the USA, start your excursion from the Californian city, San Francisco! And February is perhaps the best time to immerse into the Chinese splendour in the USA. This is the month when China celebrates its New Year and San Francisco’s Chinese society does the same with great gusto. This is the largest Chinese New Year celebrations outside China. Hence, locals as well as tourists also get an opportunity to explore the magnificence of the Bay City clad in colourful Chinese spirit at Chinatown. In 2015, the 19th February will mark the commencement of Chinese New Year. Read on to know about the major highlights of this spectacular annual festivity.
Chinese New Year Parade
Arguably, this is the most prominent highlight of this gala event. Scores of holidaymakers have already booked flights to San Francisco to catch the action of this parade, one of the very few night-time, illuminated parades in the USA. The parade boasts numerous floats, traditional bands, school marching bands and lion dancers. All these performances are highlighted by colourful show of firecrackers. To get the best view of the parade, buy tickets for grandstand seating.
The New Year celebrations in Chinatown are complemented by numerous fairs and events. One such example is Flower Fair which is held a weekend before the first day of the year as per the Chinese calendar. The fair is peppered with stalls and shops dealing in flowers, traditional plants, fruits and candies. Chinese people flock here in large numbers to buy necessary items for traditional celebrations. Culture vultures boarding flights to visit San Francisco in February must visit this Flower Fair to experience a captivating oriental feel of the USA.
Community Street Fair
This street fair takes place on the weekend that falls just after the Chinese New Parade. Main highlight of the fair is cultural arts of China such as folk dances, puppet shows, fine arts demonstrations and kite and lantern making. Numerous travellers enjoy the extended version of Chinese New Year celebrations during this street fair.