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Lunar New Year in the San Gabriel Valley
: Alhambra, Arcadia, and Monterey Park host celebrations

The San Gabriel Valley will ring in the year of the horse in the upcoming weeks, celebrating Lunar New Year with art exhibits, street festivals, and traditional Chinese dragon dancing.

Alhambra will host Feb. 8 its annual Lunar New Year street festival along Valley Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Approximately 250 businesses, restaurants, health centers, car dealerships, and various organizations from the San Gabriel Valley will have booths between Garfield Avenue and Almansor Street, offering information, food, giveaways, and prizes. Activities will include dragon boat rowing, children's workshops, and cultural demonstrations. There will also be two performance stages featuring Chinese traditional dances and kung fu demonstrations.

Alhambra City Hall will also be displaying artwork inspired by the horse Chinese zodiac sign from Jan. 13-31 in the lobby.

Monterey Park will kick off Lunar New Year celebrations earlier than its northern neighbor, hosting a street festival along Garvey Avenue on Jan. 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. With the central theme of “Family Unity,” the festival will feature activities such as Chinese calligraphy, a talent contest for pets, a wishing tree, and red envelope giveaways.

At the Macy's in the Westfield Santa Anita mall in Arcadia, visitors can witness a dragon dance performance on Jan. 25 at 2 p.m., along with activities such as Chinese custom brush art and complimentary facial services by Shiseido, a company specializing in skincare and cosmetic products.

The city of Los Angeles will also be celebrating the traditional Chinese holiday. Chinatown will hold its annual celebration — which draws more than 150,000 visitors, according to the Chinatown Los Angeles website — starting Jan. 30 at 11 p.m. at the Thien Hau Temple on Yale Street. The first night of festivities will include an incense burning ceremony and firecrackers. On Feb. 1 from 12-8 p.m. and Feb. 2 from 12-5 p.m., the free festival will include dance and cultural performances, live entertainment, gourmet food trucks, local artisans, family workshops, and a craft beer garden. Floats will also line the streets of Chinatown on Feb. 1 from 1-3 p.m. during the 115th Annual Golden Dragon Parade with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as grand marshal.

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