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Chinese New Year In LA: Where To Celebrate

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/02/11 11:48 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

Chinese New Year begins on February 3, so we've rounded up a list of fun events you can attend if you're in the mood for a celebration. Take in the sights and sounds of a traditional parade in either Chinatown or the San Gabriel Valley. You can also celebrate by participating in a run, scavenger hunt, or even ping pong tournament. And if you want to say "Gung Hay Fat Choy!" in between mouthfuls, check out Zagat's list of the best restaurants in Southern California for Chinese New Year.

February 2: Midnight Temple Celebration at Thien Hau Temple
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To usher in the New Year at midnight on February 2nd, head to Thien Hau Temple, where visitors can gather alongside Buddhist and Taoist monks to receive blessings, make offerings and burn incense to bring good fortune in the coming year. Attendees will set off firecrackers and lion dancers will perform to awaken and worship the spirits.

When: Wednesday, February 2, 11pm-1am
Where: Thien Hau Temple, 750 Yale Street, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: Free

Photo via Thien Hau Temple
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