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Photo Gallery: South Coast Plaza’s celebration of Lunar New Year

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Dancers from the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music perform Thursday during the launch of South Coast Plaza’s Lunar New Year celebration, which runs through Feb. 18.

 (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
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A mascot representing the Chinese God of Wealth makes an appearance Thursday during the opening of South Coast Plaza’s Lunar New Year celebration.

 (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
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Hundreds of guests attend South Coast Plaza’s launch Thursday of its Lunar New Year festivities celebrating the Year of the Pig.

 (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
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Dancers perform the lion dance during the launch of South Coast Plaza’s Lunar New Year celebration.

 (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
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South Coast Plaza’s Year of the Pig centerpiece in Jewel Court features eight flying pig figures swooping over another pig nestled in an ornate pagoda.

 (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
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Guests take photos of an ice sculpture Thursday evening as South Coast Plaza launched its celebration of the Lunar New Year.

 (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
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Dancers from the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music perform Thursday during South Coast Plaza’s opening of its Lunar New Year celebration, which runs through Feb. 18.

 (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
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Mandy Sun, 4, poses for a photo in front of the Year of the Pig centerpiece during South Coast Plaza’s launch of its celebration of the Lunar New Year.

 (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
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Guests take photos of the flying pigs in South Coast Plaza’s Lunar New Year centerpiece in Jewel Court.

 (Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)
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