This years Asian Pacific New Year Celebration will be held today, Feb. 09, 2013 beginning at 10:30 a.m., at the Tacoma Dome and as many Pagans in our area are either directly connected to the Asian communities here or are highly interested in the cultures the event is expected to draw many of the area Pagans. The event this year will mark the 15th year of this addition as well as the year of the snake. Although the actual holiday is not until the following day, this event will be packed with dozens of Asian cultures by way of their art, entertainment and food. During the event the island nation of Taiwan will be the highlighted culture of the event as part of the free festivities. Yearly this event typically draws 5,000 to 8,000 people.
Doors to the event will open at 10:30 a.m. and shortly after opening Taiwan will have an hour-long performance that will include entertainment, costumes, culture and more starting at noon. The different Asian cultures have different dates and ways to celebrate the New Year, but the theme is the same, well wishes and good luck in the new year. That theme runs through most new years celebrations in all cultures and all of them have their own set of rituals.
At the event will be a group visiting from South Korean called Kkocdooseh. They will be a part of the finale for the event. The entertainment group comprises of folk music, acrobatics, dance and rituals. They make a point of bridging the gap between the modern and traditional Korean culture. Other places that will be represented are the Philippines, Hawaii, Samoa, China, Japan, Tahiti, India, Tonga, Fiji, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Guam, New Zealand and more. Many people in our community look forward to this event every year.
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