Exciting martial arts combined with the colorful beauty of the dragon dance will be part of a Chinese New Year performance on Sunday, Jan. 25.
The performance at the Chinese Cultural Center also will feature a lion dance, chi kung and fighting form demonstrations, The Albuquerque Chapter of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance dance troupe, drumming and fireworks.
Everyone in the community is invited to enjoy the celebration of the Lunar New Year. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to get a good view of the performances. This is an outdoor event, so eventgoers should dress appropriately for winter weather.
The Chinese Cultural Center has been hosting Lunar New Year celebrations since 1988. The focus of the center is being a martial arts school for children and adults, and the performances will reflect that. Some background information about the martial arts performances and the traditional dances will be given at the event.
The new year is the Year of the Rat. The lion dance and dragon dance are staples of China’s largest celebration.
“The dragon dance, it’s to bring prosperity for the new year, specifically to bring rain for the harvest,” said Ray Tokuda, head martial arts instructor at the Chinese Cultural Center. “I think we have a nine-person dragon. The dragon would chase the pearl of immortality around the parking lot as a good omen for the new year. I think the tradition is to bring rain and a symbol of prosperity.”