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lunar new year 2013 in redwood cityLunar New Year
Saturday, February 8, 2014
San Mateo County History Museum
(Free Museum Admission this day
Rain is in the forecast! See changes below.
Join friends, family, neighbors, and other community members for this Asian celebration of change and the Year of the Horse! Lion Dancers, Red Panda Acrobats, Martial Arts, and Kids Arts & Crafts will all be happening INSIDE the San Mateo County History Museum. There will be no inflatable play area or food, but please visit one of the many wonderful restaurants that are in walking distance to the Museum and Courthouse Square!

Learn more about Lunar New Year


Subject to change...

Lion Dancer

11:00am  Opening Lion Dance
with Shaolin Culture Center

Miss California Crystal Lee11:15am  Opening Ceremonies
Kristen Sze of ABC7 Morning News and Mayor Jeff Gee, will welcome everyone to Redwood City’s second Lunar New Year Celebration. Kristen co-anchors the ABC7 Morning News with Eric Thomas and co-anchors the ABC7 Midday News with Cheryl Jennings, which won the 2009-2010 Northern California Emmy award for best daytime newscast. She also reports for Assignment 7 on ABC7 News at 6. Kristen will be joined by, Crystal Lee, Miss California, to assist in kicking-off the event.

11:30am  Shaolin Culture Center -
lion dancers, martial artists and more!
Kung Fu is Chinese term for "martial art", it can also be called "Wu Shu".  The holy Shaolin temple of the Buddhism was established about 1600 years ago on the mountain of Sung. It was the symbol of Buddhism power in China, and it also represented the ultimate domination of Buddhism over other religions in the next 1000 years in China.  The Shaolin temple was built during the feudal age when warlords divided and ruled each region of China separately.  Legend has it that the Shaolin temple devised powerful techniques such that enabled people to punch through concrete wall, to regenerate and heal at faster rate, and to walk on the surface of water like dragonfly.

The Shaolin Culture Center in San Mateo is keeping the Chinese traditions of the Shaolin Monks and their martial arts techniques alive by teaching both adults and children.

Ben Ehru - Photo by Bill Taylor
Photo by Bill Taylor
12:00pm Benjamin Sun
Erhu Performance
Benjamin Sun, an erhu master from Hawaii, will perform the erhu. The ehru is a two-string fiddle used in China for 1000 years but not used in mainstream American music. Sun plays a variety of music on the ehru, including top 40, Broadway and contemporary styles.
1:00pm Taiko Ensemble
Kizakura, a group of Taiko performers from a variety of great Taiko Ensembles around the Bay Area. Taiko Ren, a high-caliber Taiko ensemble with a fun, energetic style!

2:00pm  California Kung Fu & Tai Chi Institute
The goal of California Kung Fu & Tai Chi is to promote both the physical and spiritual growth in our students by teaching both the external and internal martial arts styles. Our ultimate goal is to enhance a student's life through the understanding and application of the values and discipline taught in the Chinese Martial Art styles, traditions and culture.

red panda

3:00pm  Red Panda Acrobats
The Red Panda Acrobats was formed in 1990 in Shanghai, China. The members are professionally trained from China. Since their first performance in the United States in 1991, the troupe continues to perform year-round in a variety of venues, including corporate and company events, fairs, festivals, sporting events, school assemblies, and TV shows. Although the group is based in the San Francisco Bay area, the Red Panda Acrobats have traveled throughout the nation and overseas performing for well known companies such as Disney World, EPCOT Center, Apple Computer, and Las Vegas Casinos. They have appeared on various television shows internationally, including the Incredible Acrobats, London Television; China's Best Acrobats, Shanghai Television; the Crook & Chase Show; Mornings Live on 2, KTVU-Channel 2, San Francisco; and many more.

Lion Dancer 2011 3:45pm  Closing Ceremony & Lion Dance
The Far East Dragon Lion Dance Association is a non-profit youth group and lion dance troupe which strives to use the traditional Lion Dance as a vehicle for cultural and community awareness. They are also a firm advocate for "women empowerment" especially in a culture where females are discouraged from lion dancing and are the first lion dance troupe in the Bay Area to promote females learning both the musical and dance elements going beyond traditional norms.

Redwood City’s Fourth Lunar New Year Celebration
Welcome to Redwood City’s fourth Lunar New Year celebration!  The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in Asian heritage, often celebrated with big family gatherings, gift giving, the eating of symbolic foods, and displays of festive decorations - all focused on bringing good luck for the New Year and celebrating the imminent arrival of spring. Thank you for joining us in Redwood City to celebrate the diversity of our community.

dragonThe Year of the Horse

Year of Birth:
 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Lucky Colors: brown, yellow, purple; Avoid: blue, white, golden
Lucky Numbers: 2, 3, 7; Avoid 1, 6, 5
Lucky Flowers: calla lily, jasmine, marigold
Zodiac Sign Compatibility - Best match: tiger, sheep, dog; Avoid: rat, ox, rabbit

This year welcomes the Year of the Horse and the beginning of a new year on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, and for other Asian cultures. The Horse is the seventh sign in the Chinese astrological cycle.  History suggests that before Buddha left this world, he invited all of the animals to join him around his table for a feast.  Of all of the creatures in the land, only 12 arrived.  The steadfast Ox led the way, but at the last moment, the Rat, opportunistic and fleet of foot, scampered over the Ox’ back and arrived first at Buddha’s door.  For their loyalty and faithfulness, these animals were rewarded in perpetuity by having a year named after each of them in their order of arrival.

The 12 animals run in sequence beginning with the Rat and followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Money, Rooster, Dog, and last, but not least, the Pig.

If you were born during the Year of the Horse...
All information below was cited from this site.

People born in the year of the horse have ingenious communicating techniques and in their community they always want to be in the limelight. They are clever, kind to others, and like to join in a venture career. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy but stubborn. They like entertainment and large crowds. They are popular among friends, active at work and refuse to be reconciled to failure, although their endeavor cannot last indefinitely. 

They cannot bear too much constraint. However their interest may be only superficial and lacking real substance. They are usually impatient and hot blooded about everything other than their daily work. They are independent and rarely listen to advice. Failure may result in pessimism. They usually have strong endurance but with bad temper. Flamboyant by nature, they are wasteful since they are not good with matters of finance due to a lack of budgetary efficiency. Some of those who are born in the horse like to move in glamorous circles while pursuing high profile careers.  They tend to interfere in many things and frequently fail to finish projects of their own. 

Celebrities Born in the Year of the Horse
Louisa May Alcott, Chopin, Davy Crockett, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Sandra Day O'Connor, Rembrandt, Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbara Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Cynthia Nixon, Denzel Washington, Harrison Ford, Jason Biggs, Jackie Chan, Jerry Seinfeld, John Travolta, Leonard Bernstein, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Rembrandt, Ashton Kutcher, Emma Watson, Josh Hartnett, Katie Holmes, Kristen Stewart, Kobe Bryant, Genghis Khan, Emperor Kangxi and Yongzheng of China’s Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911)




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