Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Lunar New Year celebrations start January 28 in Squirrel Hill.

Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood will host its second annual Lunar New Year celebration, starting with a kick-off event on January 28 at the Jewish Community Center. A program of events, from Squirrel Hill Magazine:
At 1pm, the Steel Dragon LION Dance Team will ring in the Year of the Fire Rooster, followed by performances and presentations from:
  • OCA Pittsburgh/Tsu Chi Academy – Chinese Y-Yo Martial Arts demos
  • OCA Cultural Youth Performance
  • Win-Win KungFu
  • Ai-Lin Chen on Guzheng, a musical instrument performance
  • YanLai Dance Academy
  • Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh Dance Troupe
  • HaiHua Youth Orchestra (of Mt. Lebanon)
  • CMU K(orean)-pop
  • Pittsburgh Chinese School Chinese Folk Dance
  • Oom Yung Doe Martial Arts
  • Silk Elephant Thai Dancers
  • Yanlai Dance Academy
  • Lydia Music Center

Throughout the building, attendees can enjoy free arts and crafts for the kids including calligraphy, origami, making hand-drums (for the parade of course!), and more. There will also be delicious, authentic Asian food for sale.

In addition to the activities inside the JCC, two teams of lion dancers will be visiting and blessing our merchants on Forbes and Murray from 10am to 3pm.
The events are free and open to the public; shirts are $10 for kids or $15 for adults, and are available for purchase online. The holiday celebration closes on February 12 with a parade along Squirrel Hill's Murray Ave.