Flower Market Fair

YEAR OF THE RAM
LUNAR YEAR 4713

Saturday, February 14, 2015    10:00am-8:00pm
Sunday, February 15, 2015    9:00am-6:00pm

Grant Ave. from Clay to Broadway;
Pacific, Jackson and Washington between Stockton and Kearny

San Francisco Chinatown

The Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair is held on the weekend before Chinese New Year Day. The Flower Fair is the place to come to purchase fresh flowers, fruits, candies and other new supplies for the home to begin the new lunar year. Delight in performances of traditional Chinese magicians, acrobats, folk dancers and opera as you take in the beautiful fragrances of spring.

Please note: This is a non-smoking event.

Fruits

Oranges and tangerines are symbols for abundant happiness. The Cantonese word for tangerine, gut, sounds like good luck, while oranges, gum sound like gold. Tangerines with leaves intact assure that one’s relationship with the other remains secure. For newlyweds, this represents the branching of the couple into a family with many children.

Flowers and Plants

Sweets are served to family and friends when they visit your home during Chinese New Year. The candies are displayed on a Harmony Tray in either groups of nine which sounds like longevity or eight, a homonym for prosperity. Some of the more popular items you will find on the Harmony Tray are: candied melon (symbolizes growth and good health), red melon seeds (represents joy, happiness, truth, many sons and sincerity); candied coconut (encourages togetherness) and lotus seeds (represents fertility).

Candies

Sweets are served to family and friends when they visit your home during Chinese New Year. The candies are displayed on a Harmony Tray in either groups of nine which sounds like longevity or eight, a homonym for prosperity.

Some of the more popular items you will find on the Harmony Tray are: candied melon (symbolizes growth and good health), red melon seeds (represents joy, happiness, truth, many sons and sincerity); candied coconut (encourages togetherness) and lotus seeds (represents fertility).

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce has planned activities and entertainment for all ages. You will find the booths and concessions located on Grant Avenue, from Broadway to Clay Street, and on Pacific Avenue, from Stockton to Kearny Street as well as Jackson Street between Stockton and Kearny.



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