The Chinese New Year celebration is about starting the new year with happiness and good fortune. The time to welcome the Year of the Dog is here. And there are a few common traditions to celebrate and start the new year right.

Start by decorating your home in red, the color of good luck in Chinese culture. One of the most common decorations to put out for the new year is the red paper lantern. It’s also a fun and easy craft to do with the kids.

Family time is essential. The meal on Chinese New Year’s Eve is well known as the reunion dinner – when extended family comes together to enjoy food and time together. And the new homes at Boulevard have the perfect places to gather with loved ones. Most reunion dinners feature dishes with lucky meanings such as fish, dumplings and spring rolls.

Gift giving is also a tradition for the new year. And the most common Chinese New Year gift given to the little ones is money in lucky red envelopes. The red paper of the envelope is meant to send well wishes and good luck.

Jump onto BART right outside your new home at Boulevard and head to San Francisco on Saturday, February 24. Named one of the top ten parades in the world by International Festivals & Events Association, the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade is one of the biggest Lunar New Year celebrations outside of Asia. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

 So, whether you’re gathering with loved ones for a feast or hopping on BART to take part in community festivities, your new home at Boulevard is bound to make this new year the best one yet.