Oakland celebrates Chinese New Year at the annual Lunar Bazaar
on January 31, 2011
On Saturday and Sunday, Oakland’s Chinese community came out to buy, sell and celebrate at the New Year Lunar Bazaar. The bazaar, which was started by the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce in 1991, takes place every year at 9th and Franklin Streets in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza. A stage in the middle of the plaza hosts dancers and martial artists, while vendors line the surrounding streets selling gifts, jewelry and food.
This year, Chinese New Year falls on February 3rd and ushers in the Year of the Rabbit, which is said to be a quiet period after the ferocious Year of the Tiger. Bazaar-goers welcomed this transition, chatting with family and friends, eating noodle dishes and other delicacies, and excitedly watching the Little Prince and Princess competition, a talent show for young children that culminates in a crowning ceremony. They also purchased copious amounts of flowers, primarily orchids—buying blossoms is a Chinese New Year tradition, symbolizing the imminent coming of spring.
Oakland North welcomes comments from our readers, but we ask users to keep all discussion civil and on-topic. Comments post automatically without review from our staff, but we reserve the right to delete material that is libelous, a personal attack, or spam. We request that commenters consistently use the same login name. Comments from the same user posted under multiple aliases may be deleted. Oakland North assumes no liability for comments posted to the site and no endorsement is implied; commenters are solely responsible for their own content.
Oakland North is an online news service produced by students at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and covering Oakland, California. Our goals are to improve local coverage, innovate with digital media, and listen to you–about the issues that concern you and the reporting you’d like to see in your community. Please send news tips to: firstname.lastname@example.org.