January 20, 2006

Celebrate the Year of the Dog

 

Photo: The Peacock Dance
The Peacock Dance

Entertainers at this year's Chinese New Year event at Sacramento State will dazzle crowds with martial arts, traditional folk dances including the lion dance and a music ensemble.

The event, one of the region’s most anticipated Chinese New Year celebrations, returns to the University from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 in the University Union Ballroom. The opening ceremony for the 9th annual Chinese New Year Festival, celebrating the Year of the Dog, is set for 1 p.m.

The event is presented by the Chinese New Year Culture Association, an alliance of area non-profit organizations in partnership with the University. "This year it will be bigger and better than ever," said John Khoo with the association.

Other events marking the 4703 lunar year on the Chinese calendar include kung-fu, popular folk songs, a karaoke singing contest and children's dances. Featured during the celebration will be the unveiling of the U.S. Postal Service’s complete Lunar New Year Series stamp set. Ballroom dancing will also be a highlight, starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 general, $1 for children 12 and younger, and are available at the door. Free parking will be available in Lot 4, 6 and 8.

For more information or to arrange tickets in advance for groups, call Cecilia Lew at (916) 393-3250. Media assistance is available from the Sacramento State Public Affairs Office at (916) 278-6156.

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