Riverside readying for APCA Lunar Fest

January 22, 2014 by  

All of those in Riverside can observe their diverse cultural heritages by participating in the Asian Pacific Cultural Association’s (APCA) Fourth Annual Lunar Fest in honor of the Asian Pacific Lunar New Year.

A ‘Parade of Nations’ will kick off the event, and the opening ceremony will begin immediately afterwards. Traditional Asian music, dance, Taiko Drums, and continuing exhibitions of martial arts will entertain crowds on four stages.

The Children’s Village will offer free crafts such as calligraphy and origami, plus other arts and games. Educational exhibitors will be explaining their cultures. Next door, at the Health Expo, local doctors will talk to visitors and give free checkups.

Many booths along Lemon Street will be offering authentic international food. Another unique feature will be the five tea pavilions in which India, Korea, Japan, China, and Thailand will be represented.

Visitors are encouraged to wear Asian attire that will blend in with the hundreds of vendors and performers donning their Asian apparel. Anime cosplayers will also be dressing as their favorite characters. This is likely to be a great opportunity for picture taking for future postcard printing.

No Chinese New Year’s celebration would be complete without fireworks and this event is no exception. A traditional display to welcome in the New Year and ward off evil spirits will conclude the event.

The Lunar Fest will be held January 25, with the parade starting at 10:00 am and the opening ceremony at 10:45 am—all in Downtown Riverside.