Chinese Community Center Hosts Lunar New Year Festival
The Chinese Community Center of Houston hosts its annual Lunar New Year Festival to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Friday, January 28, from 11 AM to 4 PM.
Usher in 2012, the Year of the Dragon, with more than 10,000 guests, including prominent local and national political leaders, businessmen, and celebrities.
There will be traditional Dragon, Lion (signaling farewell to the previous year), and Zodiac dances, martial arts presentations, a Chinese Face Changing magic show, multi-cultural performances, markets and exhibitions.
Exhibitions include Chinese face painting, origami, calligraphy, artworks, theater performances, and a children’s Dragon Playground full of games and prizes.
Purchase authentic Asian cuisine, shirts, gifts, and more at the bazaar with more than sixty booths. There will also be raffle tickets for sale with prizes that include round-trip airline tickets to a far-off destination.
Fu Dai (bags of luck) mystery bags will be offered for $3, with each bag containing your fortune for the year. Many bags contain valuable top prizes. Staff will be on hand to help you write your name in Chinese to customize your bag.
Visitors will learn about Chinese culture and tradition. For example, the years named after twelve animals come from the legend that in ancient times the Buddha asked all animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's characteristics. You can learn about which animal’s year you were born in and what that reveals about your personality.
This event is free and open to the public.
The Chinese Community Center is located at 9800 Town Park Drive, in Houston.
For more information, please visit ccchouston.org.