Brighten your Day with the Sights and Sounds of Chinese New Year Celebration 2012 Year of the Dragon
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For Immediate Release: January 04, 2012
Contact: ‘Andra Lorenz, Management Analyst, (650) 286-3215, alorenz@fostercity.org

The Foster City William E. Walker Recreation Center will awaken on Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day to the vibrant performances, music, and bustling activity of Chinese New Year Celebration 2012, the Year of Dragon.

Presented by the Foster City Parks and Recreation Department and associated artists and arts and culture groups throughout San Francisco Bay Area, this year’s delightful celebration will be held on the Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve - Sunday, January 22, 2012 from 11 AM to 3 PM at Lagoon Room of the Recreation Center. There is no cost to attend.

Themed "Temple Fair," Foster City’s Chinese New Year Celebration 2012 will spotlight a Chinese American re-creation of a traditional village street fair. With dazzling displays of luminous decorations serving as the backdrop, the event will feature exciting musical, acrobatic and lion dance performances, the traditional tea ceremony, the time-honored tradition of tea drinking and the ancient martial arts & performance, calligraphy, brush painting, art exhibitions, animated storytelling in Chinese, and English and Chinese-opera style face painting.

The 12 Chinese zodiac animal characters will also be featured at the celebration to help greet children and parents. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras to snap a fun photo with the lovable Zodiacs characters! Additionally, a variety of enriching workshops will showcase traditional Chinese arts and crafts. Here, visitors may try their hand at Chinese calligraphy, floral pattern designs, Chinese knot-tying and paper-cutting, clay figurine making and paper folding. Cap off the day by participating in a joyful dance where children and their families are welcome to join dancers and musicians in the beautiful waterfront Lagoon Room.

Chinese New Year Celebration 2012 represents a departure from other cultural celebration events because the focus of the event will be on education alongside entertainment. The event's program has been designed to teach the visiting public about the history, traditions and customs of this historic Chinese holiday. Moreover, with support from the San Mateo/Foster City Unified School District, this event will reach a diverse audience of teachers and students. The Foster City Parks and Recreation Department has planned the event to provide information related to the history and values of the holiday as well as providing fun arts and crafts activities for teachers to integrate into their classroom curriculum. Overall, the event will foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of America's diverse heritage by preserving, and sharing the history, rich cultural legacy, and continuing contributions of Chinese Americans.

For more information about the Chinese New Year Celebration, call the Foster City Recreation Center at 650-286-3380. 

About the Year of the Dragon According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, which begins on January 23, 2012 and ends on February 9, 2013. The Dragon is the fifth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal signs. The Dragon is a creature of myth and legend. In ancient China, the celestial Dragon represents an emperor and power. Today, it is the ultimate auspicious symbol signifying success and happiness. May the celestial Dragon bring great good luck to everyone.

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