Elderly ladies pick over red envelopes at the Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair. The market is held before Chinese New Year proper in order for people to buy flowers, fruit, candy and plants before the new lunar year. (Alyssa Jeong Perry/KQED)
PHOTOS: S.F. Chinatown Prepares for the Year of the Dog
Red and gold decorations covered stall-lined streets as preparations for the Year of the Dog began this weekend.
Chinese New Year isn't until Feb. 16, but the festivities in San Francisco's Chinatown have already started. Saturday kicked off the start of the Flower Market Fair with a procession and performances.
The market gives people a chance to buy flowers, fruit and more to decorate their homes ahead of Chinese New Year. Performances by acrobats, folk dancers and musicians will take place throughout the month, with a parade taking place Feb. 24.