Fair Oaks Mall Sets Performances for Spectacular Lunar New Year Celebrations | Arts & Culture
From Fair Oaks Mall:
FAIRFAX, VA (January 23, 2012) – Fair Oaks Mall will host its 9th annual Lunar New Year celebrations on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29, 2012 as it honors the Chinese year 4710, the year of the dragon. Ceremonies, performances and exhibitions will be presented from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, with most of the events centered in the Fair Oaks Mall Grand Court.
One of the largest Lunar New Year events of its kind, Fair Oaks Mall’s 9th annual Lunar New Year celebration is anticipated to attract more than 200,000 people to the retail center over the course of the two-day celebration. Presented by the Washington Hai Hua Community Center, the Lunar New Year celebrations will feature traditional Chinese dragon dances; music and dance performances; martial arts demonstrations; children’s crafts; and a special lantern festival.
More than 200 performers will participate in this year’s Lunar New Year festival, representing such countries and regions as China, Korea, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Polynesia and the 50th state of Hawaii.
Scheduled to participate in the opening ceremonies of the Lunar New Year celebrations on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. are Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly (D - 11th District); California Rep. Judy Chu (D - 32nd District); California Rep. Mike Honda (D - 15th District); Fairfax County, Virginia Board of Supervisors chairwoman Sharon Bulova and Supervisors Pat Herrity and Catherine Hudgins; Fairfax County, Virginia Health Director Dr. Gloria Addo Ayensu; Hank Chao, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Hai Hua Community Center; and Robbie Stark, General Manager of Fair Oaks Mall.
The schedule of performances throughout the afternoon on Saturday, January 28 will feature: JowGa Shaolin Institute with both dragon and lion dances and Kung Fu demonstrations; Hulala in a Polynesian dance medley; Indian dances by Natananjali School of Dance; the Polynesian dance group Tepua Hio Hio; Chinese folk dancers from Wei Hwa Chinese School; Xinjiang dance and saxophone performances by the Silver Light Senior Association; the Alice gu-zheng ensemble; the Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe; US Wushu Academy; Hui O Ka Pua ‘Ilima Hawaiian dance medleys; Filipino cultural performances by Migrant Heritage; and Tahitian dance by Ta’ata Roiroi.
Performances throughout the afternoon of Sunday, January 29 will feature: JowGa Shaolin Institute with both dragon and lion dances and Kung Fu demonstrations; Hulala in a Polynesian dance medley; Chen Style Tai Chi led by Henry Hsiang; Chinese Wushu from the Professional Martial Arts Academy (PMAA); Indonesian performing arts presented by Santi Budaya; the Natyabhoomi School of Dance with Indian classical dances; Chinese folk dance by the Evergreen Dance of Lincoln Park Senior Center; the belly dancing Calmes Triplets; Thai performances by the Thailand Youth Group; Korean drum and dance performed by the Peace Mission Dance Gorup; Indonesian dance from Wrhatnala USA; and the Mongolian Dance Ensemble with Mongolian folk dances.
Both days of the Lunar New Year celebrations at Fair Oaks will feature displays with Chinese knotting, Chinese paper cutting and paper folding; Chinese Calligraphy bookmark writing and Chinese Painting, face painting, and Chinese medicine with Dr. Peter Lee.
Fair Oaks Mall’s Lunar New Year is sponsored by Long & Foster Realtors, which will offer its Ask- A-Realtor event in the Fountain Court during both days of the celebrations.
Fair Oaks Mall’s Lunar year is presented by the Washington Hai Hua Community Center, which has been dedicated to working as a bridge between new Asian immigrants and American society since 1989. Through a wide range of activities and services, Hai Hua Community Center volunteers have provided educational, health and cultural outreach; programming for multi-cultural families on Fairfax and Montgomery County public access television; and assisted in Asian-American voter registration.
Fair Oaks Mall is one of the region’s largest premier shopping destinations, convenient to western Fairfax County, Virginia. Less than 18 miles from Washington D.C., Fair Oaks Mall features a collection of nearly 200 shops, services and dining establishments in an enclosed, two-story retail center, including Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Sears and JCPenney. With Apple, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Best Buy Mobile, Brighton Collectibles, Coach, J. Crew, H&M, Michael Kors, Liljenquist-Beckstead Jewelers, XXI Forever, Zoe Salon & Spa, The Cheesecake Factory and Texas de Brazil, the shopping center offers one of the most diverse and compelling retail and dining collections under one roof. Fair Oaks Mall also offers a wide range of services and amenities, including Ticketmaster and a DMV. Fair Oaks Mall is located immediately off I-66 and Route 50 (Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy) with more than 7,700 easily accessed parking spaces. Daily shopping hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information, call (703) 359-8300 or visit www.ShopFairOaksMall.com.