by ; Rey Andres
What’s considered the birthplace of the citrus industry in California and the home of the “World’s Largest Paper Cup. “actually made of concrete and standing over 68 feet ”, among many other distinctions, will play host to this year’s Lunar Festival on January 25 transforming the downtown Riverside area into a panorama of ancient magnificent Oriental scenario in celebration of “the most important of the traditional Chinese holiday”. The Lunar New is based on the lunisolar Chinese calendar which begins on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th with the Lantern Festival.
The event’s traditional host, Asian Pacific Cultural Association, will once again spearhead the much awaited and well-attended weekend celebration that’s also commemorated in countries around the world with significant Chinese populations with gaiety and reverence among which are Mainland China, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and even the Philippines. The centuries-old Chinese celebration reflects on the deep cultural attachment belief of the Chinese people whose presence have significantly impacted many communities in many parts of the world also. . APCA aims to create awareness and increase the understanding of the Asian Pacific American cultures and its diversity.
The Chinese New Year celebration is a major holiday for the Chinese whose influence had reached out to other cultures because of interaction in countries like Korea, Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, Vietnam and Japan.
Host city Riverside in the Inland Empire metropolitan area which was named so because of its location beside the Santa Ana River is the most populous in the Inland Empire and ranks 59th among the most populous cities in the U.S. It’s the 12th most populous city in California with close to 400,000 people.
Organizers of the annual Festival have line up activities (traditional Asian music, Taiko Drums, dance performances, art displays, martial-arts demonstrations, anime cosplayers, among many others) for the day-long celebration commencing with a10:00 o’clock a.m. parade of nations and with fire- works display to cap the event.