2008 Year of the Rat Chinese New Year Celebration

February 16, 2008 | Jacksonville, Oregon


The celebration of the Year of the Rat, Chinese New Year 2008, was full of fun and exciting pageantry. It began on Friday, February 15, with the Champions’ Piano Recital, a benefit concert presented in partnership with the Chinese American International Piano Institute and the Siskiyou Institute. On Saturday, February 16, the celebration continued with a traditional Lion Dance parade and demonstrations of martial arts, Chinese cooking and calligraphy. With a nod to the 2008 Beijing Olympic, athletic events included a 5k” Rat Race,” and table tennis and Chinese yo-yo demonstrations. St. Mary’s School organized an “international tour” of activities for children. The entire event was highlighted by a performance by the Dragon Art Studio from Portland, who performed classical Chinese puppet art shows.

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