While you may not hear "Auld Lang Syne" at this celebration, you will be hard-pressed to find a more exuberant jubilee to ring in the New Year. At this celebration of one of the most significant holidays in Chinese culture, festival-goers can experience all the excitement and wonder of the historic holiday in a family-friendly atmosphere. Kids and adults alike can learn about the myriad traditions and customs associated with the holiday through a multitude of exhibitions and presentations in the marketplace. Enjoy live music featuring traditional Asian tunes, and be sure to catch the night's big event: the Lion Dance, where a pair of dancers inside a grandiose lion costume will weave gracefully throughout the market. Check out high-action demonstrations by the Hung Vuong Association of Minnesota as they perform martial arts moves, and take a glimpse into your future with fortune tellers courtesy of the Chinese Heritage Foundation. There will also be fortune cookies with special offers, including coupons, along with red envelopes that customarily bring bearers an extra dose of New Year's luck. Take the evening to hop over to the market for one of the most vibrant and diverse celebrations ushering in the Year of the Rabbit.
Fri., Feb. 4, 5-8 p.m., 2011