Brighten your Day with the Sights and Sounds of Chinese New Year Celebration 2013 Year of the Snake
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For Immediate Release: January 24, 2013
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 2013, the Year of Snake.

Presented by the Foster City Arts and Culture Resource Group, Foster City Parks and Recreation Department, and associated artists and arts and culture groups throughout San Francisco Bay Area, this delightful celebration will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2013 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 2013 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 dance performances, the traditional cultural ceremony, the time-honored tradition of family greetings and the ancient martial arts & performance, calligraphy, brush painting, arts and cultural books, exhibitions, animated storytelling in Chinese, and English and Chinese style arts and crafts.

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 Zodiac characters!

A variety of enriching workshops and exhibitions will showcase traditional Chinese arts and crafts. Here, visitors may try their hand at Chinese calligraphy, floral pattern designs, Chinese paper-cutting, and paper folding. Cap off the day by participating in a joyful dance in the beautiful waterfront Lagoon Room.

Foster City’s Chinese New Year Celebration 2013 represents a departure from other cultural celebration events because the focus of the event is 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 Arts and Culture Resource Group 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 Snake

Snake Years are sixth in the cycle, following the Dragon Years, and recur every twelfth year. The Chinese New Year does not fall on a specific date, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Snake Year actually begins.

Years of the Snake

1905*1917*1929*1941*1953*1965*1977*1989*2001*2013

Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve. This could be taken metaphorically to mean that a Snake could never have a problem with his family starving because he is such a great mediator, making him good at business. Or it could mean that a Snake would be willing to sacrifice his possessions, something the Snake has a lot of, in order to pay for his family’s food. Any way it is interpreted is representative of the Snake’s character and is a measure of the value he puts on his material wealth. The Snake is keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise.

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