Lunar New Year 2018 - Fair Oaks Mall

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    Lunar New Year Celebration

    Lunar New Year - Fair Oaks Mall
    ••• Lunar New Year - Fair Oaks Mall. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Virginia hosts one of the largest Lunar New Year celebrations in the Washington DC area. The two-day event features traditional Chinese dragon dances; music and dance performances; martial arts demonstrations; children’s crafts; and a special lantern festival. More than 200 performers participate representing China, Korea, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Polynesia and the 50th state of Hawaii.

    Enjoy the following photos and get a glimpse of the event.

    Dates and Times: February 17-18, 2018, 1-5 p.m.

    Location: Fair Oaks Mall, 11750 Fair Oaks, Fairfax, VA.

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    Lion Dance - Lunar New Year

    Lion Dance
    ••• Lion Dance. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    The Lion Dance is one of the most popular traditional performances at the Lunar New Year celebration.
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    Kung Fu Demonstration - JowGa Shaolin Institute

    Kung Fu Demonstration - JowGa Shaolin Institute
    ••• Kung Fu Demonstration - JowGa Shaolin Institute. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Students of the JowGa Shaolin Institute give a Kung Fu demonstration at the Lunar New Year Festival at Fair Oaks Mall.
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    Drummers - Lunar New Year Fair Oaks Mall

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    Fair Oaks Mall’s Lunar Year Festival is presented by the Washington Hai Hua Community Center, an organization that has been dedicated to working as a bridge between new Asian immigrants and American society since 1989. Dozens of local Asian groups participate in the annual event.

    This is a traditional Korean drum called su-we ki bok. It is 1 of 18 different traditional Korean drums.

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    Indian Dance - Natyabhoomi School of Dance

    ••• Indian Dance - Natyabhoomi School of Dance. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    The Natyabhoomi School of Dance participate in the Lunar New Year Celebration at Fair Oaks Mall. More than 300 performers represent countries and regions such as China, Korea, Japan, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Polynesia, Tibet, Turkey and the 50th state of Hawaii.
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    Dance Medley - Lunar New Year

    Polynesian Dance Medley - Lunar New Year
    ••• Polynesian Dance Medley - Lunar New Year. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Dancers form a beautiful circle during a performance at the Lunar New Year Festival. This is a traditional Korean fan dance called boo che choom.  A group of girls or women will form things from nature using the fans like birds, flowers, butterflies and waves.

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    Dragon - Lunar New Year at Fair Oaks Mall

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    Fair Oaks Mall is specially decorated for the Lunar New Year with an oversized dragon and many Chinese lanterns.
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    Filipino-MHC FilAM Dance Ensemble

    ••• Filipino-MHC FilAM Dance Ensemble. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Filipino-MHC FilAm Dance Ensemble performed a Polynesan-style dance for the crowd at the Lunar New Year celebration at Fair Oaks Mall.

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    Young Dancers - Korean Dance

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    Young Korean Dancers entertain the crowd at the Lunar New Year Celebration.

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    Jow Ga Shaolin - Kung Fu

    Jow Ga Shaolin
    ••• Jow Ga Shaolin - Kung Fu. © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Jow Ga Shaolin demonstrates martial arts.