Lunar New Year is widely celebrated by the Chinese and Vietnamese communities in Sacramento. It is a special time of the year in Sacramento's Chinatown, which was among the first ones in California. Restaurants offer special holiday meals, lion dances fill the streets, and people exchange traditional red envelopes and gifts.
The Chinese community of Sacramento also celebrates Spring Festival at Hiram Johnson High School with a gala event featuring music, dances, and various entertainment.
Little Saigon District of Sacramento also boasts festive decorations and atmosphere. Little Saigon Tet Parade and Lunar Flower Festival are the most important annual events here attracting about 30,000 attendees to the Vietnamese community enclave. The parade usually moves along Florin Road starting at 56th Street & Florin Road. It features firecrackers, a flower and a car show, lion dances, and carnival games. There is also plenty of delicious food to try.