Chinese New Year’s Day is the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar and every year my family takes a trip to Chinatown in downtown L.A to enjoy the vibe of the city and eat some deliciously authentic Chinese food. Celebrating Chinese New Year is always a must for my family.
You can’t be a true Southern Californian without paying homage to the many cultures we share a community with.
I couldn’t help but notice the celebration was much more subdued this year. Crowds were low, which is a rare thing for Angelenos. The waitress at Mandarin Chateau said it was due to gentrification and this really bummed me out. Still, we made a point to enjoy the celebratory atmosphere.
Chinese New Year begins the year of the Rooster. Roosters are considered hard-working, resourceful, courageous and talented. My daughter Xixi is a rooster and she is definitely all of those things.
My kids loved the confetti cannons popping all over — they even made confetti angels.
And the food? There were oohs and aahs every time an entree was brought out of the kitchen and placed on the lazy Susan.
— Denise Cortes (@pearmama) January 30, 2017
The 118th Annual Golden Dragon Parade happens this weekend on February 4th. It’s one of L.A.’s oldest traditions in Downtown’s Chinatown.