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San Francisco’s 2022 Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair (Jan. 29-30)

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 brand 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. You will find over 120 booths and concessions making this a shopper’s paradise.

The 2022 Flower Market Fair runs from January 29-30, 2022 and takes over 11 blocks of Chinatown with over 120 booths of candies, fresh flowers (symbolizing growth and a year of prosperity), and fruits (the Cantonese word for tangerine, gut, sounds like good luck, while oranges, gum, sound like gold). It all kicks off at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday with a mini-procession at St. Mary’s Square which follows the original 1860 parade route down Grant Avenue with giant walking puppets, stilt walkers, lions and ribbon dancers to officially open the month-long celebration.

  • Saturday, January 29th, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
  • Sunday, January 30th, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.,
  • Grant Ave. from Sacramento to Broadway, Washington, Jackson and Pacific between Stockton and Kearny,
  • Free

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
Flowers and plants symbolize growth and if a plant blooms on New Year’s Day, this will signify a year of prosperity. The Chinese firmly believe that without flowers, there would be no formation of any fruits to bear seeds for the next generation. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to have flowers and floral decorations in the home to begin a new year.

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).

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