Lunar New Years 2022: Welcoming the Year of the Tiger with festivities

Sophia Bella, Copy Editor

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  • During Lunar New Years, red envelopes filled with money are given to friends and family as a symbol of good wishes for the year ahead.

  • In 2022, Feb. 1 marked the first day of the Chinese New Year, which follows the lunar calendar. The start date varies from year to year.

  • A Chinatown vendor sells kumquat trees, decorated with lanterns and red envelopes, to a customer on Jan. 30 as people prepare for the Lunar New Year.

  • The kumquat plants plants often symbolize wealth and good luck in Chinese culture.

  • People stroll through the streets of Chinatown in San Francisco, vibrantly decorated with paper lanterns for the Chinese New Year.

  • Shops display racks of paper decorations for the Year of the Tiger.

  • During Lunar New Year celebrations, lion dancers operate large, colorful lion costumes as a way to ward off evil.

  • Lion’s head meatballs are a common dish served on the family dinner table during Lunar New Years, and a popular specialty of Shanghai Dumpling Shop in Millbrae (as pictured).

  • San Francisco’s Chinatown features a large display of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs.

  • According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2022 is the Year of the Tiger, which represents courage and strength.

  • Festive lights decorate houses along Grant Street in San Francisco.

  • Dim Sum vendors in San Francisco’s Chinatown serve trays of dumplings, taro cakes and noodles to customers.

  • Many storefronts in San Francisco’s Chinatown offer a variety of red envelopes.

  • On Feb. 1, leadership hosted a paper lantern crafting activity at lunch to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

  • The Millbrae Cultural Committee hosted a variety of performances during a Lunar New Year festival on Broadway street in Millbrae.

  • Poon Choi is a festive dish commonly served during Chinese New Year. It features a large pot filled with various vegetables, seafood and meat.

  • Stalls at the Millbrae Lunar New Year Festival decorate with festive red pennants.

  • Food vendors set up tents along Broadway street for the 2022 Millbrae Lunar New Year Festival serving various drinks and dishes.

  • As part of the festivities of the Lunar New Year festival in Millbrae, people crowded around to watch a firecracker being set off. Traditionally in Chinese culture, the loud sounds it creates were intended to scare off evil spirits.

  • Remnants of the Chinese firecracker blanket the ground.

  • A dance group performs a fan dance at the Millbrae Lunar New Year festival held on Saturday, Feb. 5.