Chinese New Year Flower Fair
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Grant Avenue from Clay to Broadway
Pacific Avenue from Kearny to Stockton
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, in San Francisco kicks off with the Chinese New Year Flower Fair. Each year, the Chinese New Year Flower Fair takes place the weekend before the lunar new year holiday so that families can come to the flower fair and purchase their traditional holiday plants, flowers and fruits. The Chinese New Year Flower Fair is set in the heart of San Francisco Chinatown and provides a festive atmosphere in which the community can purchase their annual lunar new year flowers and produce while enjoying traditional Chinese dance, music, art and cultural displays. With both residents and visitors, attendance at the two day fair is estimated to be about 400,000.
The Chinese New Year Flower Fair blossoms with an abundance
of fresh auspicious flowers such as peach blossoms, narcissus, orchids,
snap dragons and chrysanthemums and fruits such as oranges and tangerines.
Oranges and tangerines are symbols for abundant happiness. Tangerines
with leaves intact assure that one's relationship with the other remains
secure. For newlyweds, this represents the branching of the couple into
a family with many children. Every traditional Chinese household should
have live blooming plants to symbolize rebirth and new growth. Flowers
are believed to be symbolic of wealth and high positions in one's career.
A home with a plant that bloom on New Year's Day signifies a year of proserity.
The Chinese firmly believe that without flowers, there would be no formation
of any fruits. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to have flowers and
floral decoration in the home for the New Year.
Kids can enjoy the Flower Fair as well. The Children's Area features a petting zoo, photo area, and other fun activities. Throughout the two day fair, traditional Chinese dance and music will be performed on the main stage, along with an exciting array of entertainment from other Asian cultures.