SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A three-day festival to celebrate the Lunar New Year is scheduled to begin Friday in Kearny Mesa to usher in the Year of the Snake.
The event, which begins at 5 p.m. at Kearny Mesa Park, is hosted by the Little Saigon Foundation and is geared toward the Vietnamese community.
About 10,000 attendees are expected through Sunday, the actual day of the Lunar New Year. The festival will include 100 vendor booths, 16 carnival rides, live music and entertainment, lion dances and, on Sunday, the Miss Vietnam Traditional Dress Pageant.
An Asian cultural village will be laid out in a ying-yang style and contain a replica of an 11th century Buddhist tempt built in Vietnam -- called the One-Pillar Pagoda. Festival organizers say the once-childless King Ly Thai Tong had the wooden pagoda built as a sign of gratitude for the birth of his son.
According to tradition, the snake is in sixth position of the 12-sign Asian zodiac and symbolizes intelligence, gracefulness and materialism. The hanban.com website on Chinese culture calls the Year of the Snake one for steady progress, attention to detail and discipline.
Other celebrations are scheduled for the following weekend, including the Tet Festival in Mira Mesa and a Chinese-themed event in the Gaslamp Quarter.
Five people were injured in a three-car crash in the Rolando area on Sunday after an apparent road-rage incident. It happened about 1:30 p.m. on University Avenue at College Avenue, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Another successful Comic-Con is in the books. The four-day pop culture convention came to an end Sunday, but even in its final hours was packed with things to see and do.
Vince Velasquez allowed two hits over seven innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Sunday for a doubleheader split.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for San Diego County inland valleys, mountains, and deserts. The warning is valid for Monday morning through Thursday evening
A man stole a brand-new luxury car out of a Kearny Mesa dealership's lot and led police on a lengthy chase down San Diego freeways on Sunday.
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and so is the superhero-themed fashion! Celebrities like Sarah Paulson, Sonequa Martin-Green and Camila Mendes, among many other stylish ladies, rocked a bevy of leather, nylon and pleather to attend the annual comic book convention.
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died Saturday morning on a sidewalk in Old Town.
A suspected drunk driver was shot by sheriff's deputies after leading them on a pursuit across North County freeways Friday night, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.