Posted: Feb 5, 2013 at 7:24 PM [Feb 5, 2013]
The Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan’s Chinese New Year’s Celebration will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013, 1:00-9:00 pm, at Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor.
There will be children’s games and crafts (1:00-3:00 pm), and children’s performances by students (3:00-6:00 pm) including a colorful lion dance; traditional Chinese instruments; dangerous kung fu (martial arts); graceful Taiwan ribbon dancers; spectacular Chinese Yo-Yo stunts; and Chinese New Year’s stories, songs, rhymes, skits, videos. Special guest performances by the Ann Arbor Traditional Chinese Music Ensemble and The Chinese Choir of Michigan. Raffle. A Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner will be served 6:00-9:00 pm, featuring New Year’s specialties from area restaurants.
Tickets for performances and dinner will be available in advance and at the door: $12 Adult (14 and up), $10 Children ages 5-14, children under 5 free. Additional tokens (25 for $5) may be purchased and exchanged for games and snacks.
Chinese New Year’s Day falls on February 10 of this year. It signifies the beginning of spring and is celebrated by ethnic Chinese in many countries around the world. It is also celebrated by ethnic Taiwanese, Koreans (Sol), Vietnamese (Tet), Tibetans (Losar), and others; and it has become woven into the fabric of American culture, after being celebrated in America for over 160 years. Every year is represented by one of twelve animal zodiac signs, and this will be the Year of the Snake.
The Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide an opportunity for any interested persons to learn about Chinese culture and language regardless of one’s race or cultural background, and to promote cultural diversity. Chinese classes are held once a week on Friday nights and are open to the public. For more information check out www.aaccom.org.