Chinese New Year Celebration on Hyde Street Pier
Contact: John Cunane, 415-561-7049
Contact: Chris Edwards, 415-561-7170
A DAY OF CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, KID’S CRAFTS, RANGER TALKS, AND A “LUCKY SHIP” TO BRING IN CHINESE NEW YEAR
Park Rangers will present talks regarding the pioneering history of Chinese American fishing communities on the west coast, as well as symbols and images used during New Year which have a distinct maritime flavor. Presentations will take place on Hyde Street Pier at 11:00, 11:30, 1:00 and 1:30. Talks will be presented in both English and Cantonese. The day’s celebration will culminate with a colorful Chinese Lion Dance performance at Hyde Street Pier. Two Lions accompanied by musicians on drums and cymbals from Leung’s White Crane Dragon and Lion Dance Association will perform at 2:00. The park’s re-creation of a 19th century San Francisco Bay Chinese shrimping junk will be decorated with four Chinese characters (words) which express the idiomatic saying “yi fan feng shun” (一 帆 风 顺) transforming the junk into a lucky symbol for the New Year. These characters (words) express a wish for “smooth sailing” -- a year that will be smooth and free of obstacles, where one’s efforts, and one’s good fortune are unimpeded. The junk is available for viewing during the park’s open hours: 9:30 to 5:00.
Chinese New Year’s celebrations have been observed in California from as early as the mid 19th century with the first parade taking place in San Francisco in 1853. The park’s first annual Chinese New Year program is inspired by the long historic tradition of American communities in the west celebrating the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year.