Celebrating Chinese New Year in Utah

Chinese Spring

Students in Taiwan are now starting their winter vacations – timed to coincide with the Chinese New Year, which is based on the lunar calendar and falls on Feb. 9 this year.

Most Mandarin immersion classrooms in Utah have celebrations planned. For those looking for a little something more, here’s information on two community events:

On Feb. 21 Cottonwood High School will feature a performance by “Cultures of China, Festival of Spring,” a group of professional Chinese singers and dancers.
Since 2009, the group has performed in 26 countries and 66 major cities, including London, Paris, New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Sydney, Montreal, Vancouver, Panama, and Bangkok. The program will include folk songs, classical dances, magic shows, folk instruments, and Peking Opera.
Tickets range from $15 to $30 are available here.
Time: 7:00 PM, Thursday, February 21, 2013
Place: Cottonwood High School Auditorium, 5715 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84121

Lehi High School’s Chinese Club
Lehi High School’s Chinese Club is hosting its 3rd annual Chinese New Year Celebration on Monday, February 4th, at 6pm. Admission is 1$ per person. The event is geared toward families, with lots of activities for children of all ages. Lion Dance and Dragon Dance performances start in the main gym at 7 p.m.

Activities and performances will include:
– sample traditional foods eaten during Chinese New Year (餃子,湯圓/元宵)
– learn tricks with a Chinese yoyo (車齡/空竹)
– take your picture in Chinese costume at our Great Wall photo booth
– have your name written in Chinese by a calligrapher
– learn how to use a calligraphy brush
– watch a shadow puppet play (皮影戲)
– watch an authentic Lion Dance and Dragon Dance 舞龍舞獅
– learn the meaning of your Zodiac animal
– learn how to play Mahjong and Jungle Chess
– make your own lantern
– race your friends using chopsticks
– learn a Chinese New Year folk song*
– learn how to write Chinese characters with a writing brush
-make a Year of the Snake craft

Lehi High School is located just west of exit 279 on I-15, behind Lehi Roller Mills.

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