Chinese New Year events sponsored by NCRC

  • Posted: Friday, February 8, 2013 1:16 a.m.

Singing, dancing, food, crafts and a business showcase highlight the Cabarrus Chinese American Association’s (CCAA) Second Annual Chinese New Year Celebration.

Presented in partnership with the Chinese Community Network, the celebration is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cox Mill Hill School, 1355 Cox Mill Road near Concord Mills Mall. The CCAA’s New Year Celebration is a family oriented event that had more than 500 people in attendance last year. Organizers expect more this year.

The event is free for everyone to enjoy children’s activities presented by the Cabarrus Chinese Language and Art School, J.N. Fries Middle School and other organizations. There will also be a craft sale and a cultural and business showcase. The China Café, located off Mallard Creek Church Road in the University area of Charlotte, will have traditional Chinese food available for purchase.

From 2 to 4 p.m., more than 50 performers will take the stage in the Cox Mill High School auditorium including a performing arts troupe from China and ballet, jazz and folk dancers representing both ancient and contemporary Chinese culture. Show tickets are available online at for $8 ($10 at the door). Children 6 to 12 are $5. Proceeds from the event go to the CCAA’s Chinese Language and Art School.

Also known as the Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays on the Chinese calendar. 2013 marks the year of the snake. The snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, a cycle of 12 animal symbols. The Snake symbolizes cunning, intelligence and materialism.

Scientists at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis formed the Cabarrus Chinese American Association in 2011 with the goals of introducing Chinese culture to the area and opening a Chinese Language and Art School. The school opened in September 2011 at Cox Mill Elementary School in Concord and is held on Saturdays. Scientists serving on the CCAA committee include David H. Murdock Research Institute Manager of Genomic Sciences Dr. Xinguo “Mike” Wang and N.C. Central University Assistant Professor Dr. TinChung Leung.

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