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Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit at the First Annual Lunar New Year Festival in Redwood City!

Redwood City, CA - January 26, 2011 - February in 2011 marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit and the beginning of a new year on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, and for other Asian cultures. In Redwood City, it brings the first annual Lunar New Year Celebration! The entire community is invited to join the FREE fun on Saturday, February 5th, 2011 from 11 am – 3 pm at Courthouse Square. Families will be thrilled by Chinese lion dancers, the Red Panda Acrobats, and martial arts demonstrations. Youngsters will enjoy fun, unique arts and crafts projects. And of course there will be great food, music, and more.

The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in Asian heritage, often celebrated with big family gatherings, gift giving, the eating of symbolic foods, and displays of festive decorations - all focused on bringing good luck for the new year and celebrating the imminent arrival of spring.

As part of Redwood City’s Lunar New Year celebration, a huge variety of fun and exciting activities will bring the community together, right in the Downtown “living room” of Redwood City – Courthouse Square. After the opening ceremony, an incredible Lion Dance and martial arts Demonstration presented by the Shaolin Culture Center of San Mateo will be presented. Other scheduled events include an exhilarating performance of Taiko drums by the Somei Taiko Ensemble of San Francisco, and the famous Red Panda Acrobats, which will enthrall the crowd. Then the California Kung Fu & Tai Chi Institute will present a breathtaking display of martial arts, followed by the closing ceremony.

In addition to those exciting performances, kids and families can enjoy a great number of fun activities. Participants can learn to say a simple Chinese phrase for New Year Wishes and write “Spring Arriving” in Chinese, practice how to use chopsticks from picking up new year “lucky” food and then make paper boats from chopsticks wrappers, get a quick lesson in recognizing Chinese numbers from 1-10 and play Mahjong, play Chinese traditional folk arts and Chinese chess, and more. Additional information will be updated online at

This event is Presented by AT&T, and graciously sponsored by KGO ABC7, Comcast, First National Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Provident Credit Union, Recology, San Mateo Credit Union, Redwood City International, Stanford University and the Redwood City Redevelopment Agency.           

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Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager


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