Akron’s Lunar New Year Celebration: Embracing Tradition and Diversity

Akron is gearing up to celebrate the Year of the Dragon, an important symbol in the Chinese zodiac. The annual Downtown Akron Lunar New Year Celebration, organized by the Downtown Akron Partnership, promises to be a vibrant and festive event. Hosted at the iconic Akron Civic Theatre on February 18, from 3:30 to 8 p.m., the celebration will feature a diverse range of activities and performances, providing attendees with a unique cultural experience.

This year’s event will showcase the rich variety of downtown Akron’s culinary scene, with local restaurants offering a delectable selection of Chinese and Asian-inspired dishes. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to explore informational displays about Lunar New Year traditions and participate in engaging craft activities.

While last year’s celebration drew a crowd of 2,000, this year’s event promises to be even more captivating. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. for the Culture Fair, held at the Knight Stage and Akron Civic Theatre lobby. Highlighting the program will be exhilarating performances on the main stage, starting at 6 p.m.

One of the standout performances of the evening will be the Lion Dance, performed by the esteemed Kwan Family Lion Dance Team. This age-old tradition, believed to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits, serves as a captivating visual spectacle and symbolizes the ushering in of the New Year.

The celebration will also feature various other performances, showcasing the talents of both professional groups and community members. From martial arts demonstrations by acclaimed master Sen Gao and the Wutang Center for Martial Arts, to breathtaking acrobatic dance routines by the Stellar Acrobatic Dance Academy, and soul-stirring solo performances by dance artist Emily Su, the evening promises to be a vibrant display of talent and cultural exchange.

To add an educational touch to the celebration, local students will join the festivities with their own performances. NIHF STEM Middle School students, under the guidance of former Chinese teacher Qing Liang and program specialist Brenda Leighton, will present traditional Dragon Dance, Umbrella Dance, and Dragon Ribbon Dance routines. Other performances by the Ka’Ren Culture Dance Academy, the Akron Chinese School, and a community choir comprising students from STEM, Voris CLC, and Akron Early College will add to the enchantment of the event.

While food and performances take center stage, the celebration will culminate with a dazzling fireworks display outside the theater at 8 p.m., creating a fitting grand finale for this joyous occasion.

Lunar New Year is a significant cultural event celebrated across East and Southeast Asian countries, where participants honor their ancestors and deities, gather with family, and indulge in sumptuous feasts. This year’s celebration runs from February 10 to February 24 and is observed in China, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, and the Philippines.

Akron’s Lunar New Year event, priced at $5 per ticket, offers a magnificent opportunity to embrace diversity, learn about different cultures, and celebrate the vibrant traditions that make Akron’s community thrive. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit downtownakron.com. Don’t forget to check out Downtown Akron Partnership’s Facebook and Instagram pages for additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Downtown Akron Lunar New Year Celebration

Q: What is the Downtown Akron Lunar New Year Celebration?

A: The Downtown Akron Lunar New Year Celebration is an annual event organized by the Downtown Akron Partnership. It celebrates the Lunar New Year, an important cultural event in East and Southeast Asian countries, and offers attendees a unique cultural experience.

Q: When and where will the celebration take place?

A: The celebration will take place on February 18 at the iconic Akron Civic Theatre, located in downtown Akron. The event will run from 3:30 to 8 p.m.

Q: What can attendees expect at the celebration?

A: There will be a diverse range of activities and performances at the celebration. Attendees can enjoy a variety of Chinese and Asian-inspired dishes from local restaurants, explore informational displays about Lunar New Year traditions, and participate in engaging craft activities. There will also be exhilarating performances on the main stage, including the traditional Lion Dance.

Q: Who will be performing at the celebration?

A: The celebration will feature performances from professional groups, community members, and local students. Some highlighted performances include the Lion Dance by the Kwan Family Lion Dance Team, martial arts demonstrations by Sen Gao and the Wutang Center for Martial Arts, acrobatic dance routines by the Stellar Acrobatic Dance Academy, and solo performances by dance artist Emily Su. Local students from NIHF STEM Middle School and other dance academies will also be performing.

Q: What is the significance of the Lunar New Year?

A: Lunar New Year is a significant cultural event celebrated across East and Southeast Asian countries. During this time, participants honor their ancestors and deities, gather with family, and indulge in sumptuous feasts. The Lunar New Year celebration in Akron will be observed from February 10 to February 24.

Q: How much are tickets for the celebration?

A: Tickets for the Downtown Akron Lunar New Year Celebration are priced at $5 per ticket. They can be purchased at downtownakron.com.

Q: Where can I find more information about the celebration?

A: For more information and to purchase tickets, you can visit downtownakron.com. You can also find additional information on the Downtown Akron Partnership’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Key Terms and Jargon:

– Lunar New Year: The Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year is the beginning of a year according to the lunar calendar, which is based on the cycles of the moon. It is celebrated in many East and Southeast Asian countries.

– Lion Dance: A traditional dance performed during festivals or celebrations, usually accompanied by the music of drums, cymbals, and gongs. It involves performers wearing a lion costume and mimicking the movements of a lion.

– Acrobatic Dance: A style of dance that combines acrobatics and dance techniques, often characterized by displays of flexibility, strength, and balance.

– STEM: STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It is an educational approach that focuses on these disciplines and their integration in teaching and learning.

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