|Enjoy Asian Culture at Chinese New Year Festival|
Just when we thought holiday season was coming to a close, the Chinese New Year celebration begins with the biggest indoor Asian festival in Northern Virginia on Jan. 14.
Every year, Luther Jackson Middle School in Falls Church hosts the biggest indoor festival in the city to ring in the Lunar New Year. There will be dance and musical performances from China, Vietnam, Korea, India, to name a few, along with lion dances and the lively Dragon Parade. Children are encouraged to wear something Asian and follow the dragon as it parades throughout the school
FUN FOR ALL AGES
Children will enjoy a host of games, activities and Asian crafts. Kids will also receive a red envelope with “lucky money.” This year, sponsors offer something new. Fencing Sports Academy (FSA) will give the kids a chance to hold a sword, a safer and more fun children’s version, combined with electronics. Connie Schreiber, executive director of FSA says, “It is to get a flavor of what it is really like to score a touch on a coach.” When a child pokes the coach’s uniform, a scoreboard will sound and light up to show the child’s victory! Burgundy Farm Country Day School will also provide some fun through their farm themed activity books. The farm theme is perfect in this Year of the Rooster. The event website (chinesenewyearfestival.org) has an ancient story about how the Rooster almost was not picked by the Jade Emperor to be on the list of Chinese zodiac signs. You can read the story to find out how he got there and why he angered the dog. The fun spirit of this story exemplifies the playfulness of this annual event. You might even get to meet a giant rooster!
TRADITIONAL ASIAN DANCE, ART, POETRY AND MORE
Tiny Tang, the event organizer said, “Most Asian events have very little traditional performances. Our mission is to promote traditional culture and values. So, we have traditional performances from India, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Thailand, and Taiwan.” This year is the Year of the Rooster. Tang explains, “The rooster wakes everyone up. When the rooster opens its mouth he sends out truthfulness.” In other words, there is hope that everyone will wake up and find truth in their lives. So, this year the festival will be promoting “truth.” Kids will also have a chance to wear an Asian costume and go on stage to recite ancient poetry. Tang said, “Poetry is so important to the Chinese people. In China, you will find couplets over the door upon entering every home.” Poems are on the event website.Handmade Asian arts, traditional Chinese dresses, calligraphy and crafts will also be available for purchase, including beautiful New Year paintings.
HEALTH, BEAUTY AND WELLNESS
Tang wants to give back to the community by providing a forum to impart ancient Chinese wisdom on health, beauty, and wellness. Master Yau-Yau Lee, who has a Masters in Traditional Acupuncture and Bio-Pharmaceutics, will be available in the exhibit area to answer questions about individual health goals for 2017. Master Lee said, “Chinese medicine follows nature,” as he explained that we go to bed earlier in winter to shore up energy for Spring. We also look better when we have more energy. Master Lee said that in pregnancy, a woman may not have enough energy to nourish hair roots, causing hair to turn gray afterwards. Lifestyle changes could prevent adverse effects of pregnancy or other bodily challenges. Master Lee’s focus is on prevention and he does not claim to cure chronic illnesses. However, he helped a handful of cancer patients. Medical doctors have told these patients that they would die within months. But none of them died. Master Lee explained, “[These] patients are still around because their lifestyle changed to let healthy tissue grow back while cancer cells die.” Consultations with Master Lee will be free of charge during the festival. Other local businesses will be available to discuss holistic wellness advice including Dr. Benjamin Glasman from Chiropractic & Physical Therapy Center in Fairfax, VA, who offers chiropractic care, physical therapy, nutritional counseling, lifestyle advice and massage therapy. Make the Year of the Rooster a healthy one!
Come for an early lunch! Admission is free. Cash will be needed to buy delicious gourmet Asian food. Wegmans will also provide food samples.
EVENT: Chinese New Year Festival