Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 09, 2013
Los Angeles Flower District California Flower Mall is a dazzling feast for the senses as millions of wholesale and discount Valentine’s flowers parade gorgeously about the 8 block flower market neighborhood -- while blocks away -- the oldest Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in America explodes in Chinatown LA with fireworks, food, fun and festivities celebrating the 2013 Year of The Snake. Chinese New Year Day, February 10, 2013, is one of the most important holidays of the year for millions of Southern California Asian American families.
It’s the biggest, busiest week of the year in Chinatown LA, and the second biggest, busiest week of the year for LA Flower District California Flower Mall petallers, florists and DIY Valentine’s flower gift shoppers.
“90 % of Valentine’s flower gift shopping occurs 5 days before the holiday. This week, Chinese New Year’s festival goers and budget wise DIY discount Valentine’s flower shoppers can plan to enjoy the beauty, fun and urban adventure both of our unique downtown neighborhoods offer,” stated Hilda Jimenez, California Flower Mall Operations Manager.
Chinatown LA kicks off the Year of the Snake celebration Saturday Feb. 9 at 11 p.m – the eve of Chinese New Year, at Thien Hau Temple, where attendees can experience traditional incense burning, make offerings to deities, watch traditional lion dancers, and witness a 500,000 firecracker display along with Buddhist and Taoist monks and families of all generations. The week long celebration, drawing crowds of 125,000, culminates with The Lunar New Year Festival at Central Plaza on Feb.16 & Feb. 17, highlighted by the 114th Annual Golden Dragon Parade on Feb. 16.
Xiayi Shirley Zhang, spokesperson for the Chinatown LA Business Improvement District, explained that most Asian Americans celebrate both Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day with floral trends unique to their culture. “Gifts of oranges and kumquats are auspicious for Chinese New Year. Live potted orange or kumquat trees, money trees and orchids are welcomed gifts. Bouquets of peonies, symbolizing wealth and prosperity, and lilies representing compatibility also express New Years wishes. It's a spring festival so cherry and peach blossoms branches –the very first flowers to bloom-- are common motifs.”
A dozen long stemmed red roses are always nice to receive, but, the most popular Valentine’s flower bouquet trend to capture hearts and elicit gasps of delight from Asian American sweethearts is the “Hong Kong” style Valentine’s rose bouquet. “Valentine’s Day is a very big holiday in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Westernized Asian American’s give glitter dipped rose bouquets, a design that originated in Hong Kong. They come in a variety of rose colors and glitter dips. Each rose is individually wrapped and they dry well so they are long lasting keepsakes,” Zhang added.
“Golden Roses” are another dazzling floral work of art that is ‘dipped’. It’s a Valentine’s rose gift that will last a lifetime. These dramatic single stem roses are preserved, then electro-plated with a rich 24kt gold finish, elegantly gift boxed and shipped by the San Gabriel Valley based Golden Rose Florist.
The Year of the Snake is a significant year in Asian tradition. It marks change, filled with contemplation, preparation and much reflection. For more information and a full, detailed listing of all Chinese New Year Festival events visit chinatownla.com.
The Los Angeles Flower District California Flower Mall serves up wholesale and DIY deep discount bargain blooms for every Valentine gift-givers budget, offers free admission and is open progressively later evening hours until they go 24/7, remaining open round the clock from 4 a.m. Wednesday Feb. 13 through 7 p.m. Valentine’s Day, Thursday Feb. 14.
About California Flower Mall: California Flower Mall, located at 825 San Pedro Street, is one of the largest premier DIY wholesale flower marts in the Downtown Los Angeles flower market neighborhood. The 8 block Los Angeles Flower District is the largest community of wholesale flower markets and flower businesses in the U.S. It is located in the LA Fashion District. Hilda Jimenez is an elected member of the LA Fashion District Business Improvement District Board of Directors.