Celebrating the year of the Snake

Like snakes? Then this is your year.

Residents of Greenwich, Stamford and surrounding communities will be joining families from the Chinese Language School of Connecticut (CLSC) to welcome the year of the Snake at the Stamford Hilton on Sunday, Jan. 27 from noon to 3 p.m.  It’s the event the children look forward to all year said CLSC parent Sharon Lum whose sons attend the school every Sunday at Eastern Middle School in Cos Cob.

Students from CLSC are busy preparing for dragon dancers, fan dancers, traditional lion dancers, Asian markets and the traditional Chinese banquet being offered at the annual New Year celebration. The year of the Snake is based on the Chinese lunar calendar which begins on Sunday, Feb. 10.

New Year’s Day is acknowledged in all nations with sizable Chinese populations. Nations such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and towns everywhere have slightly different customs and traditions.

“That is what makes the Chinese Language School celebrations so exciting” said CLSC parent Jeffay Chang. “We bring the best and most unique aspect of this holiday from all regions of China and the world because we are a very diverse community.”

In addition to the foods and entertainment, special activities for children such as a arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt and tai chi demonstrations will be available. A mini temple will also be set up for visitors to pay homage and offer the Chinese gods and deities incense and money to solicit good fortune for the upcoming New Year.

Tickets for this event are available online at ChineseLanguageSchool.org. Special pricing is available for families and large groups.

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