The festival is family-friendly and open to the public. Admission is $3, or free with a non-perishable food donation which will benefit Charlotte's Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
The ceremony will begin at 11am with the traditional Lion and Dragon Dances, followed by Chinese Martial Arts and other demonstrations given by students of The Peaceful Dragon. Area vendors and experts will be at the festival to showcase Chinese practices such as Chinese medicine, feng shui, and calligraphy. Free mini-classes on various Chinese techniques will be held as well, and arts and crafts, games, and an obstacle course will be available for children.
The actual day for the 2014 Chinese New Year is January 31. In China and other Asian countries, it is the first day of the Lunar New Year and the start of the two-week long Spring Festival holiday. The Peaceful Dragon is holding their festivities on January 25 to accommodate the school and work schedule of Charlotte residents. Thanks to social media and a rise in Charlotte's Asian population, the Peaceful Dragon has seen an increased interest in their center and events. The 2010 Census shows that Charlotte's population is nearly 5% Asian, with residents identifying as Chinese accounting for almost 12% of the city's Asian population.
The Peaceful Dragon is located at 12610 Steele Creek Road in Charlotte. Questions about the Chinese New Year Festival or any of the center's martial arts or health arts offerings can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact them by telephone at 704-504-8866.