With the cancellation of the annual Chinese New Year parade due to the pandemic, communities across the Sunset and Richmond districts are finding new ways to celebrate.
SF Supervisor Gordon Mar’s office organized the Sunset District’s first Lunar New Year celebration on Feb. 13 at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. A big crowd sampled food from local restaurants, learned about various service organizations in the community and mingled with neighbors and friends to celebrate the year of the rat.
The celebration will be held at Jefferson Elementary School on Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m. – noon. Parking will be available in the schoolyard, entrance on 18th Avenue.
It is the Year of the Rat, meaning the Chinese zodiac is starting over. A Year of the Rat is a time for new beginnings, and though cleaning one’s house is a traditional way to commemorate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat might be a time to clean up your life and make a fresh start.
This year is the year of the pig, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, and is set to bring good luck and fortune in 2019. The cultural tradition is being celebrated with events across the City.