WWPL to celebrate Chinese New Year

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The Westfield Washington Public Library, 333 W. Hoover St., will offer a free event Feb. 15 or families to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

At 12:45 p.m., there will be a performance by children of a lion dance followed by a Chinese musical performance at 1 p.m. A tai-chi demonstration will take place at 1:30 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. reading of a story about the legendary monster Nian, which tells the origin of the Chinese New Year. A traditional Chinese dance performance will conclude the event at 2:15 p.m.

Chinese crafts and refreshments will be offered throughout the event.

Homeschool liaison Kim Wright said a WWPL event of this scale hasn’t been offered before. It is sponsored by the Indiana Association of Chinese Americans.

“The actual Chinese New Year celebration began Jan. 17 and ends Feb. 8, but the IACA is understandably really busy during the New Year celebration,” Wright said. “We have not done this with this organization or on this scale.”

A few years ago, a group was brought in to perform a lion dance.
“We thought it would be a lot of fun to get all the different groups represented through IACA and do a full Chinese New Year celebration,” Wright said.

The event is free. Preceding the event will be a dance workshop for children who want to take part in the ion dance. The workshop also is free but registration is required and can be made by calling the library at 317-896-9391.

For more, visit wwpl.lib.in.us.


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