Brighten Your Day with the Sights and Sounds of Chinese New Year Celebration 2016 Year of the Monkey
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Brighten Your Day with the Sights and Sounds of Chinese New Year Celebration 2016 Year of the Monkey
For Immediate Release: January 28, 2016
Contact: Tiffany Oren, Recreation Manager, (650) 286-3395, toren@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 2016, the Year of the Monkey.  

Presented by the Foster City Arts & Culture Program Partner, 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 14, 2016 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Lagoon Room of the Recreation Center. There is no cost to attend.

Themed "Temple Fair," Foster City's Chinese New Year Celebration 2016 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 in which children and their families are welcome to join dancers and musicians in the beautiful waterfront Lagoon Room.

Chinese New Year Celebration 2016 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 Arts & Culture Program Partner 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. 

City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200