Los Angeles is a city of diverse culture and the vibrant Asian community is certainly part of it. I attended the Charming Beijing Variety Show to celebrate Chinese New Year. It was hosted by the China International Culture Association, the Beijing Association for Culture Exchanges, and the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau. This homage to Chinese tradition took place at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.
We were treated to amazing Chinese acrobats, jugglers, ballet artists, musicians, opera singers, and theater performers. The acrobats absolutely defied gravity as you can see in the videos below. Members of the Chinese community, VIP’s and other audience members browsed booths with artisans, enjoyed special treats viewed displays to learn more about the traditions of Chinese New Year.
The Charming Beijing Variety Show Performers
Below are just a few.
Imagine being on pointe on top of someone’s shoulder.
Or jumping through death-defying high hoops and then tumbling into somersaults. (Below is not even as high as they eventually jumped)
These splits are unbelievable.
And then there are these beautiful ladies.
Chinese New Year
The year I attended this event was The Year of the Rooster. Chinese New Year is celebrated in February. It is also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival.
I was born in the year of the Snake.
Chinese communities all over the U.S. host parades with dragons, fireworks, and traditional foods. Make sure to participate and learn more about their centuries-old traditions. Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China. It’s a time for family reunions and to plan for the New Year.
Every Chinese New Year parade ends with a dragon dance. The dragon is a symbol of wisdom, power, and wealth.
When I was in high school I remember writing a report about the history of the Chinese in America. I found it to be mysterious and fascinating. Did you know that Chinese laborers practically built our entire railroad system and contributed enormously to our society? Make a point of celebrating Chinese New Year in the city or town you live in.
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