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Four Ways to Celebrate the Chinese New Year

Welcome the Year of the Snake with these events slithering across L.A.

From a 10K to a scavenger hunt, from lion dancers to food kings, here are a few ways to usher in the Chinese New Year. This year's spirit animal is the snake and according to the Chinese zodiac, those born under his sign are strong, charismatic, charming, good with money (though a bit tight about lending it), well mannered, never noisy or deliberately outspoken, wise, deeply philosophical, calm, alluring, fickle, and good at lying. Have fun slithering around.

3rd Annual Lunar New Year Festival
Your kids will feel like superslackers when they see the hyperactive footwork of the children’s dance troupe Xiao Hong Hua. Feb. 2. Pacific Asia Museum.

Chinese New Year Festival
L.A. foodie king Jonathan Gold chats about the Sino-American culinary collision, while the young and young at heart craft paper lanterns.Feb. 10. Hammer Museum.

The Great Chinatown Hunt
Aspiring sleuths follow clues and engage in activities that course through galleries, shops, and alleyways. Feb. 17. Chinatown, racela.com.

Firecracker 5/10K
Capture the feeling of rush hour in Shanghai during a city-spanning bike ride. Not down with wheels? A footrace culminates in performances by lion dancers and Pan-Asian musical groups. Feb. 23-24. Chinatown, firecracker10k.org.