Today is Chinese New Year and welcomes the start of the Year of the Pig.
The Year of the Pig is a sign of good fortune for persons born in the ‘Pig’ years of 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 and 2007.
In addition, it influences the fortunes of the other 11 animal signs, depending on their relationship with the Pig.
Fireworks are set off throughout the world on Chinese New Year as firecrackers are supposed to scare off monsters and bad luck.
Many stay up on Chinese New Year’s Eve and set off firecrackers at midnight. On the following morning, firecrackers are used to welcome the new year and with good luck.
Chinese New Year will be celebrated in South Pasadena with a luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8, at the local Senior Center.
The South Pasadena Chinese American Club will serve guests lunch. The event will feature education on the “Year of the Pig” and a variety of dance performances.
To make a reservation, call (626) 403-7360.