kicks off Lunar New Year with block party – mySA

The Lunar New Year is on Sunday, January 22.

The Lunar New Year is on Sunday, January 22.

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In honor of the Lunar New Year, San Antonio’s Westside is throwing one heck of a party and inviting the city to celebrate. The gem that is the Jefferson Bodega is hosting a Bodega Block Party on Saturday, January 21 and is pulling out all the party essentials to mark the occasion.

The Bodega Block Party will feature more than 50 vendors, live art performances, and two DJs in order to honor the holiday. The event, scheduled from 3 to 9 p.m., will also include red envelope exchanges and a lion dance at 6 p.m. Find snacks from t.n.t connection, Lumpias Rollin, Aroy Ver, Chocho’s Island, Lokahi Aloha Grindz, and Mr. G. Sushi, among others so bring your appetite.  

When is Chinese New Year 2023 

For those who have yet to partake in a celebration of this kind, the Lunar New Year marks the beginning of a lunar calendar, which comes toward the end of January and is determined by the first new moon, and lasts until the full moon. The Lunar New Year marks a time for feasts and honoring ancestors.

The lighting of firecrackers is believed to ward off evil spirits and to bring the god of wealth into people's lives once New Year's Day arrives.

The lighting of firecrackers is believed to ward off evil spirits and to bring the god of wealth into people’s lives once New Year’s Day arrives.

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The annual holiday is observed across the globe, particularly in Asian countries. This year, the Lunar Year begins on Sunday, January 22 and marks the year of the rabbit, which coincides with Chinese zodiac signs.

The joyous day-long, volunteer-run event will take place outside of the popular Westside bodega at 1005 Donaldson Ave., San Antonio, TX 78228. Jefferson Bodega’s owners ask that those who live in the area walk to the neighborhood block party if they plan to attend. Parking will be available along nearby streets as well as in the parking lot of the Dollar General store located at 1016 Donaldson Ave.

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