The annual Lunar New Year celebration hosted by Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Zone returned to Chinatown-International District on April 30, bringing tons of excitement to community members after two years of pandemic.
by Debby Cheng
The annual Lunar New Year celebration hosted by Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA), a celebration traditionally held for decades, has returned to the community after two years of the pandemic. While last year CIDBIA opted for just a food walk, this year will be the first in-person Lunar New Year celebration with the street festival.
The start of the Year of the Tiger, commonly referred to as the Lunar New Year, landed on February 1 this year. CIDBIA had to postpone the event to April due to the rapid development of the omicron variant earlier this year. Connie Au-Yeung, CIDBIA’s communications and marketing manager, said they were doing their best to follow safety protocols. “There are obviously some challenges in planning around health and safety guidelines, but ultimately the goal is to reinvigorate the space and the neighborhood,” she said. “There’s nothing we can’t get past.”
The event managed to happen on April 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., attracting hundreds of people from different communities to gather in Chinatown. The celebration featured different artists, live shows, and vendors, and aimed to create an economically vibrant neighborhood. A variety of traditional Chinese art performances were performed on the stage at Hing Hay Park, including lion dance, Chinese cultural dance and multiple martial arts performances.
📸 Featured Image: Two martial artists from the Wudang Internal Martial Arts Performance Team perform bōjutsu, a stick fighting martial art, on stage at Hing Hay Park. They were fighting each other, and the artist in the blue uniform was jumping to avoid the other artist’s “attack” on April 30, 2022. (Photo: Debby Cheng)
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