In partnership with South Coast Plaza, 85 Degree, Tour Taiwan, among other sponsors, the University of California, Irvine (UCI) hosted the 2nd Annual Lunar New Year Festival outside the Paul Merage School of Business to celebrate the “Year of the Rooster.” The event included various local and international entertainment and I was invited as one of the VIP guests.
On the main stage a full program of performances were scheduled to entertain guests including: lion dance, a dragon parade, a zither performance and traditional Chinese folk dance pieces. Off-stage there was a live Chinese cooking demonstration, silt walkers and the UCI mascot roaming the area.
UCI students also volunteered their time and talent to the festival by hosting complimentary games and food booths. Some of the carnival games reminded me of the night-market games in Taiwan and the free food samples were very generous.
The festival also featured a collection of very elaborate Chinese puppets, which you’d have to see to appreciate all the attention to detail.
Overall the festival was an incredibly fun and enjoyable experience. I loved the vibrant and welcoming community and celebrating this joyous occasion. The event planners hope to make it an even bigger and better event next year so I hope you’ll all attend this free event in 2018!
What’s your favorite type of entertainment? Lion dance, Chinese folk dance etc…