The Board of Supervisors invites you to the inaugural celebration of the Asian and Pacific Islander New Year in honor of the diverse cultures and traditions of our communities
(Martinez, Calif.) – The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is honoring Asian and Pacific Islander cultures and traditions, inviting the community to the free virtual event for the inaugural New Year’s Eve celebration on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, early during 9 a.m. Supervisory board meeting as main presentation.
“We want to recognize one of the most important celebrations for our Asian and Pacific Islander communities and reject monolithic stereotypes by showcasing the diversity of our Asian communities,” said Board Chair Supervisor Karen Mitchoff. “Contra Costa County will make history on the first day of this year’s Lunar New Year, February 1, with the inaugural event as we honor and celebrate the many different cultures and traditions of Asia and the islands of Pacific As an integral and important part of our county family, we celebrate the new year with you and wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year!
The Asian and Pacific Islander New Year celebration will feature guest speakers, Susun Kim, Executive Director of the Contra Costa Family Justice Center, and Professor Kent Wong, director of the University of California, Los Angeles Labor Center.
The multicultural celebration will feature unique dance, music, food and customs from some of the many Asian and Pacific Islander communities represented in Contra Costa County, including Nepalese, Filipino, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian , Thai and Indian.
The community can watch the event live online at www.contracosta.ca.gov/6086 or www.contracostatv.org. The celebration will also be broadcast live on Contra Costa Television (CCTV) channels: Comcast Cable 27, ATT/U-Verse 99 and WAVE 32.
Other online events
- Virtual Lunar New Year Tales by Asian Art Museum
- Sunday January 30, 2022, at 11 a.m.; FREE
- Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with this virtual presentation for adults and teens from the Museum of Asian Art. Discover the colorful traditions and symbolism that enrich the Lunar New Year celebration across Asian cultures. Register online below
- Tuesday, February 9, 2022, at 5 p.m.
About Lunar New Year
Lunar New Year is a celebration in China, Vietnam, Korea, Tibet, Mongolia, Singapore, Thailand and other Asian countries. The festivities begin with the first moon of the lunar calendar and end on the 15th day. In 2022, the Lunar New Year will begin on February 1, 2022.
Lunar New Year Traditions
Traditions vary from country to country. However, most Asian countries will share some of the traditions listed below:
- Household house: House cleaning is a custom in many countries, as it is believed to get rid of bad luck from the previous year.
- Getting together with family: It’s a time for feasting and visiting elders and family members.
- Give lucky money in an envelope: Lucky money is placed in a red envelope, in China it is called Hong bao, “Li xi” in Vietnamese, and “Sae Bae Don” (lucky money is placed in a white envelope or patterned instead of red) in Korean.
Referred to as the Chinese zodiac, it is a traditional classification scheme based on the lunar calendar. Each year is assigned to 1 of 12 animals and repeats after a cycle of twelve years in the following order Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
Each year is associated with one of the 12 animals and 2022 represents the Year of the Tiger.