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lunar new year

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

There’s an old adage warning against ever working with kids or animals.

But at Fort Mason last night for the Arts of Pacific Asia Show (through Sun., Feb 8), both groups, including dragons, were front-and-center.

The opening-night gala of this show benefits the arts and education programs of the Asian Art Museum - Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. And supporters gaily banged the gong, ringing in the Lunar New Year with great style.

Featuring exquisite goods from dealers ‘round the globe, guests played their part, too -- swathing themselves in cheongsams, saris, kimonos and jewels of jade.

Lunar New Year Floral Displays

Those who celebrate the Lunar New Year seem to have gotten it right - after all, wouldn't you rather wake up on the first day of the year surrounded by flowers instead of empty beer cans? Exactly. Stop by the Conservatory of Flowers, where from now until February 8th they are celebrating the new year with a botanical bounty of artfully arranged floral displays, all created for this year of the Ox. You can also attempt your own arrangement at home, which, depending on the flowers used, may bring luck to you in the upcoming months. Here's a list of several commonly used plants and their meanings:

Peach Blossom - Luck

Kumquat - Prosperity

Narcissus - Prosperity

Chrysanthemum - Longevity

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