Millions of people around the world celebrate Lunar New Year, but no celebration is quite like the ones in the Bay Area. From Oakland to San Jose to our own SF Chinese New Year Festival & Parade, there are so many festivities in the Bay Area that honor this important holiday. Chinese New Year is about coming together with our family and friends, sharing old and new traditions, and greeting the new year with cheer. The Golden State Warriors are joining us to celebrate our latest tradition, Tiger on Parade, with their Good Fortune Tiger Statue.
Good Fortune Tiger features the Bay bridge to represent and celebrate the Asian-American community in and around the Bay Area, and the many traditions and festivities surrounding this important holiday. The Chinese-style clouds express good fortune, happiness and are harbingers of peace. Fireworks on the legs and the tiger’s forehead ward off evil spirits and signify celebration and festivity. The Chinese calligraphy wishes you Good Luck and best wishes in 2022!
Artist Bio: Deyi (Robin) Zhao
Deyi (Robin) Zhao was born in Jilin, China, and came to the US when she was 9 years old. Her grandmother, Yumei Hou, worked as the main carver for the SF Chinese New Year statues and her father worked building floats. Robin grew up helping paint and decorate the floats and loved seeing all the objects for the floats come together piece-by-piece. This year, she enjoyed the opportunity to design and paint her own Tiger and is excited to see it as a public art piece displayed at Thrive City.
Being surrounded by both traditional art forms and new digital media, Robin has developed a keen eye for art and design. In addition to her years of working on Parade Floats. At the young age of 19, she has also taught various arts and crafts classes to children and adults, interned at YouTube, and is now in her second year of college at the California College of the Arts.