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Chinese New Year celebration to feature performance, crafts

nai ni chen dancers4The Atlantic City Free Public Library will mark the Chinese New Year, which officially begins Jan. 31 and is the Year of the Horse, with special programs.
The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it has been called since the 20th century, remains the most important social and economic holiday in China. Originally tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar, the holiday was a time to honor household and heavenly deities, as well as ancestors. It was also a time to bring family together for feasting.
The following library programs are free. Space is limited for the Jan. 5 and 26 Fun Day Sunday craft programs, so registration is strongly recommended. Visit the Main Library Youth Services desk or call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, to register.
Fun Day Sunday: Dala Horse
Sunday Jan. 5, at 2 p.m.
The 15-day Chinese New Year holiday ends with the full moon on the day of the Lantern Festival, which includes a dragon dance. Participants will create paper lanterns and dragon masks from construction paper. Paper folding, fringing, and coiling techniques will be demonstrated for added decoration.
Fun Day Sunday: Dragon Masks and Lanterns
Sunday Jan. 26, at 2 p.m.
Participants will create paper lanterns and dragon masks from construction paper.
Fun Day Sunday: Performance by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
Sunday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m.
Having performed throughout the world, the Nai–Ni Chen Company fuses traditional Chinese dance with innovative modern influences. The New York Times found their dynamic and colorful performance to be, “like endlessly proliferating forces of cosmic energy.”
Creative Craft Tuesday
Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 3:30 p.m.
Children ages 6-12 will have the opportunity to make a Chinese New Year-themed craft.
Call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3050, for more information.

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