Across the globe, Lunar New Year is celebrated with parades, staying up late, eating special food, and fireworks. In neighboring Arcadia, Westfield Santa Anita welcomes the community to immerse themselves in the Lunar New Year festival designed for guests to learn more about Asian culture and give back to those in need.
The festivities will take place at the newly renovated, Westfield Santa Anita, on Sunday, February 15th, 12p.m.- 4p.m.. This years’ celebration will be bigger and better than ever. After a $20 million renovation, the shopping mecca received an updated look and 30 brand new luxury shops, including The Art of Shaving, L’Occitane,The Face Shop, Kitson, and Polaroid Fotobar. The shopping center has also been decorated with lanterns, zodiac signs, pagodas, and even a 120-foot long dragon in preparation for the lunar new year’s celebration.
Activities for the whole family range from arts and crafts to live entertainment. Guests can learn how to paint Chinese-style calligraphy, create zodiac masks, enjoy traditional Chinese music, and take in the lively and exotic dance performances. Hello Kitty will make a guest appearance and pose for photos with fans to promote the Japanese American National Museum exhibit,Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty. The Hello Kitty food truck will also be on hand to provide refreshments, or pick from one of Westfield Santa Anita’s many delicious dining options.
Keeping with the New Year tradition, red envelopes (with a special treat inside!) will be handed out. In Chinese culture, nothing says lucky like the color red. The envelope, usually filled with a monetary gift, is given to signify a momentous occasion such as a wedding, graduation, or holiday. Hopefully, the envelopes will bring some luck to you- the Japanese American National Museum is sponsoring a giveaway with tons of prizes including Hello Kitty items, museum memberships, Buddha Boards, Godiva chocolate, and much, much more.
In the spirit of goodwill and generosity, First General Bank and Westfield Santa Anita have joined forces to give back to the community by matching each donation made “dollar for dollar”. Proceeds go to the Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF), a network of nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing aid to those in need. Anyone who makes a donation is encouraged to hang a wish tag on the cherry blossom tree. As Debra Fong, Executive Director of APCF, stated, “No donation is too small. Your $1 will become $2, $10 will become $20.”
Sunday, February 15th, 2015,12:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. Free. Westfied Santa Anita. 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, California 91007 westfield.com/santaanita
To learn more about the Lunar New Year celebration, Asian culture, or Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, visit the Japanese American National Museum at janm.org and the Chinese American Museum at camla.org.