Charlotte Chinese New Year Festival 2018

The Peaceful Dragon is hosting our 21st Annual Chinese New Year Festival on Saturday, February 10th from 11 am to 2 pm at our Cultural Center. Admission is $3/person $5/family. Or FREE with a non-perishable food donation for Loaves and Fishes charity.

12610 Steele Creek Rd. (Hwy. 160)
Charlotte, NC 28273

What is the Chinese New Year?

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival in China, takes place on the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar (usually in January or February of the Western calendar).  Regarded as the most important holiday of the year in China and many neighboring East Asian countries, this holiday has grown in the West as immigrants from Asia have brought their traditions and customs with them.

How is the Chinese New Year Celebrated?

On the eve of the Chinese New Year, family members traditionally gather together to celebrate with a feast and gift-giving of hong bao, or red envelopes filled with money.  But for days or weeks before this gathering, extensive preparations are made that include cleaning, buying or making new clothing, decorating the home, and cooking various specialty items.  The cleaning is believed to help wash away any bad luck from the previous year, and the decorating includes red and gold scrolls and banners with words such as luck, prosperity, and fortune in the hopes the new year will bring these attributes.

While businesses and government agencies give citizens New Year’s Day and often an extra couple of days off from work, the Spring Festival is actually a 15-day affair, ending with what is known as the Lantern Festival on day 15.  Each of the 15 days includes specific protocol such as special foods that are cooked, relatives whom are visited, fireworks and firecrackers that are lit, colorful lion and dragon dances, and deities or ancestors whom are recognized and worshipped.

About the Year of the Dog

The Chinese zodiac is divided into a cycle of 12 years, with each represented by an animal.  This year is the Year of the Dog, specifically the Earth Dog.  Those born in dog years are loyal and honest, amiable and kind, cautious and prudent. Due to having a strong sense of loyalty and sincerity, Dogs will do everything for the person who they think is most important. As Dogs are not necessarily good at communication, it is difficult for them to convey their thoughts to others. Therefore, Dogs tend to leave others with the impression that they have a stubborn personality.

2018 Chinese New Year Festival Schedule of Events

Exhibits and Display Tables from 11am – 2:00pm

Children’s Games and Obstacle Course from 12noon – 2:00pm

Lunch available from 12noon – 2:00pm

   Performances and Demonstrations:

11:20am                  Welcoming Kickoff Lion and Dragon Dance

11:30am                  Tai Chi and Kung Fu Performance

12noon                    Violin Virtuosos Chinese Classics – by Violet Pan Academy

12:20pm                  Chinese Dance Performance – by Little Lotus Dance Troupe

12:40pm                  Yoga Demonstration

1:00pm                    Lion and Dragon Dance

1:05pm                    Tai Chi and Kung Fu Performance

We hope to see you there!

 

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