There are New Year’s Eve celebrations and there are Lunar New Year celebrations. The Lunar New Year celebrations are arguably the more fun, exciting and festive of the two. Each year it seems to get bigger and bigger, and this year you don’t want to miss out. These options will get you anxious for the new year to come.
Lion Dance Performance
Chinese New Year Parade
Between 6th and 8th St. on H St. N.W.
Date: Feb. 2, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Lion dance is a traditional Chinese form of dance often performed during festivals including Lunar New Year celebrations. The dance, performed in a lion costume, can take vigorous training and precision. The Washington Chinese Youth Club has its own lion dance program that keeps children connected with their heritage and their local community. The club performs at the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade every year, and this year’s performance is sure to be just as wonderful.
7th Annual Chinese New Year Festival
Luther Jackson Middle School
3020 Gallows Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
Date: Feb. 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This year’s Chinese New Year Festival at Luther Jackson Middle School will continue the event’s seven-year history of being one of the best Lunar New Year celebrations in the area. Sponsored by the Asian Community Service center, the day will include a parade, business exhibition, Han Couture show, food, an education tour, live performances, calligraphy and more. Focusing on celebrating of the new year but also education and service, the event will be an excellent way to start off the new year.
Chinese Art Classes
Chinese Community Cultural Center
616 H St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Date: Jan. 21, 2014
There are several Chinese art forms that are beautiful but look incredibly hard to learn, let alone master. That shouldn’t stop you from learning more about the art and culture. The Chinese Community Cultural Center promotes and works to preserve the culture. Many immigrants and residents have learned and been helped by the center in various ways. At the center, you can take language classes, Chinese brush painting classes and Gu Zheng classes. Or you can just stop by to learn about the Chinese cultures and the history of DC’s Chinatown.
Chinese New Year Gala
George Mason University’s Center for the Arts
4373 Mason Pond Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Date: Jan. 31, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
For almost 20 years, the Chinese American Association has thrown the Chinese New Year Gala, a night filled with the celebration of Chinese culture. One of the most spectacular new year events in the DMV, the 2014 gala will feature hundreds of performers from all over the country. These performances will reflect the discipline, diligence and, of course, beauty of the culture’s art. This year promises to be even better than the last, you will not want to miss it.
Lunar New Year Festival
Fair Oaks Mall
11750 Fair Oaks
Fairfax, VA 22033
Date: Feb. 1, 2014 to Feb. 2, 2014
Described as the largest Lunar New Year festival in the area, the Fair Oaks Lunar New Year Festival includes performers from several cultural backgrounds, not just Chinese. India, Polynesia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Korea are only a few of the countries that will be represented. Everyone is able to revel in the new year festivities and enjoy the many cultures that celebrate. With live performances, a special lantern festival, traditional dragon dances, children’s activities and more, this two-day festival will be a highlight of the new year.
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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.