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Rise and shine, 2022! According to the traditional Chinese zodiac, this is the 4,720th year--the Year of the Tiger. And, it all kicks off during the Lunar New Year (aka the Chinese New Year) on Tuesday, Feb. 1.
“The Lunar New Year is like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s all rolled into one. We have family reunions, dinner parties, fireworks, and gift-giving,” says Lisa Wong, president of the OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, Greater Cleveland chapter, which provides civic engagement and cultural education on behalf of Cleveland’s burgeoning Asian-Pacific population.
While the heart of this holiday focuses on family togetherness, the Lunar New Year is wrapped in centuries-old traditions. Wear red because it’s lucky. Set off firecrackers to scare evil spirits. Give children red envelopes filled with money for prosperity. Buy new clothes to encourage renewal.
Want to try out these unique ways to merrymake during the Lunar New Year? With a flourishing Asian community and a neighborhood rich with Asian-Pacific diversity (Asia Town), Cleveland is the place to be.
OCA Greater Cleveland compiled a list of Lunar New Year celebrations throughout the region. Check it out here.
Or, check out a Kwan Family Lion Dance performance, a staple of the Chinese New Year. Those who celebrate the Lunar New Year know this singular activity is an absolute "must see." Take a gander.
Performed by two people in a large lion costume with an accompanied band of cymbals and drums, the dance is done to symbolically scare away evil spirits. The lion sports a giant papier mâché head and blinking eyes adorned with brightly colored trinkets, fur, glitter and mirrors.
“The lion dance is very special,” Wong says. “If you feed the lion lucky money, it will bring prosperity and good luck for the upcoming year.”
The Lion is still accepting bookings, visit the Kwan Family's Facebook page to secure a spot. Due to the pandemic, the Lion also set up a Cash App ($KwanLionDanceTeam) for those who still wished to feed the Lion lucky money.
Last year OCA Greater Cleveland hosted a virtual event to highlight local performers, the lion dances in Asiatown, and to share some Chinese and Asian culture.
This year Asia Plaza will be hosting an in-person event to celebrate the holiday with social distancing, as well as limited vendors with indoor and outdoor options. The Kwan Lion Dance Team will be featured in Li Wah at 11 a.m. and in Asia Plaza at 11:30 a.m. You also won't want to miss Janice Liu on Erhu beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The heart of Cleveland's Chinatown. The complex consists of 20 tenants providing a variety of retail, dining, and services and host to many events. Abundant parking.
Opened in 1991 by Donna Hom, Li Wah is a Cleveland classic. Open 365 days a year, it's a favorite of the local Asian community, downtown workers and visiting suburbanites. Li Wah strives to be the...