Chinese New Year officially began on Thursday, which was Chinese New Year’s Eve. But the celebration traditionally runs for a couple of weeks. If you live in an apartment in Roanoke, VA you will be able to celebrate the holiday Saturday at the Taubman Museum of Art in downtown Roanoke.
The museum and Local Colors, an organization that highlights varying cultures and ethnicities in the Roanoke Valley, has a lineup of live entertainment and family-friendly activities to ring in the Year of the Horse.
After the opening ceremony at noon, there will be performances by numerous local organizations.
The Roanoke Chinese Association will present a cultural fashion show and present folk songs, and Alaina Miller of the Floyd Ward School of Dance will perform a lyrical solo to the Disney song “The Glow,” whose lyrics illustrate her outlook on growing up as a young Chinese girl in America.
The Blacksburg Chinese School will perform the children’s handkerchief dance and the ladies’ fan dance, “Moonlight on Lotus Pond.” David White and the Shaolin Dragon Martial Arts Academy will perform the Lion and Dragon dance. Other presenters will include Jane Wang, Families with Chinese Children, and the Roanoke College Modern Language Department. There will also be a horse-themed craft for children in Art Venture.
To conclude the event, visitors are invited to sing the traditional New Year’s song “Gong xi Gong xi” (which translates to “Congratulations, Congratulations”) with the performers, and welcome the Year of the Horse.