2019 Chinese New Year Fair
Chinese New Year Festival, also called “Spring Festival”, celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunar calendar. This year is the Year of the Pig, and is on Feb. 5, 2019. It is the most important holiday for Chinese. In China, it is a 15-day celebration, when families enjoy reunion dinners with their loved ones, and visit relatives and friends to exchange gifts and New Year blessings. This holiday embodies many Chinese traditions and customs. For example, each family would thoroughly clean the house before the new year to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Windows and doors would be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune", "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity". Families would visit temples on the day of New Year and children would receive red envelops with cash in it for good luck.
One main activities during the festival is for families to go to the New Year Fair, where street food is offered, traditional handcrafts are sold, local operas and dances are performed, and various traditional games are organized. It is usually a fun and noisy place everyone desires to be during the holiday! This year, we bring the Chinese New Year Fair to you in Albany. We would like to invite you and your family to join us for this family-friendly fun event. The event is FREE for everyone. Register by January 20 for a head count for food.
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