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Monday, April 21, 2014

Performers galore in Chinese New Year party

Lunar New Year festivities continue this Saturday, Feb. 8, when the Chinese Association of Saipan hosts a party to welcome the Year of the Wooden Horse at the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan.

Chinese association director Rose Chan said the New Year party will be held at the Garapan landmark’s Hibiscus Hall and doors open at 6pm.

A bevy of guest performers have been tapped for the evening, according to Chan, namely professional violin player Melody Li, acclaimed singer Liu Yang, and students of the Chinese Education Center who will be performing various traditional Chinese dances.

Chan said that Li is a very accomplished violinist from mainland China and honed her skills in Europe, while Yang is expected to sing Heart of China.

A traditional lion dance, a tai chi exhibition, a zumba and samba demonstration by Rose Dance School, and more Chinese cultural dances are also in store for guests of tomorrow night’s event.

“I’m really looking forward to an amazing and exciting Chinese New Year Party this Saturday at Fiesta. We will have a lot of very good performers and everyone will also enjoy our feast, which includes roast pig,” said Chan.

Among the 300 guests for tomorrow night’s Lunar New Year party are Chinese Association of Saipan vice presidents Johnny Fong and Anna Chan. The organization has been staging Chinese New Year parties since its inception in 1987.

Last Jan. 31, the association ushered in the Year of the Wooden Horse with the performance of traditional lion dance in close to 30 business establishments and private residences on Saipan. On the eve of the Lunar New Year, over 300 Chinese tourists attended a countdown party at Fiesta Resort, which came complete with a sumptuous barbecue party and over 10-minute fireworks display.

Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar.

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