Drums, dragons, and lions roar into Indianapolis

September 6, 2012 by  

Hosted by Indianapolis, the fifth annual Chinese Festival is celebrated during the Chinese Moon Festival, that ranks second to the Chinese New Year in the nation’s calendar. In China, the Moon Festival celebrates the harvest with friends and family.

This year’s festival is a collaboration of many local Chinese businesses and organizations, which include Indianapolis Chinese Performing Arts, Inc., Confucius Institute, and Chinese School at IUPUI, among several others.

The last 10 years have shown that Chinese families and students account for the main ethnic group living in Indianapolis. The Festival allows residents in Indiana to share in the excitement of their heritage and culture. Visitors participate in the famous dragon and lion dances, tai chi, art exhibits, musical performances, crafts, and sports like Chinese yoyo, Chinese jump rope, badminton, and ping-pong, which are all popular in the country.

This free event is continuing to grow in size as visitors explore Chinese culture. Print companies have probably completed flyer printing to promote the festival and attendees will experience costumes and art, music, games, dragon and lion dancers, a lantern ceremony, moon cakes, exhibits, martial arts, and delectable Chinese food. At the end of the festival, visitors may finish the night through a lantern walk beside the canal. More information can be found on the Indy Chinese Fest website.

The 2012 Chinese Festival takes place in Military Park in Indianapolis this Saturday, September 8, running from 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The park is located at 601 W. New York Street. It is next to IUPUI at West and New York St.