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MVA, partners host Lunar New Year Party

(MVA) —  A variety of cultural performances delighted visitors and residents alike at the Lunar New Year Party in the Marianas on Feb. 5 at Paseo de Marianas pedestrian mall in Garapan.

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The Korean Community of Saipan demonstrates taekwondo at the Lunar New Year Party in the Marianas on Feb. 5, 2019. Kinpachi Restaurant offers barbecued seafood at the Lunar New Year Party in the Marianas on Feb. 5, 2019.  Other food vendors were Furusato Restaurant, Ina’s Kitchen, Music Bank Restaurant, Canton Restaurant, and Fong’s Bakery/Catering.
Marianas High School Polksai Chamorro Club performs at the Lunar New Year Party in the Marianas on Feb. 5, 2019. Yi Lian Tan demonstrates Chinese calligraphy at the Lunar New Year Party in the Marianas on Feb. 5, 2019.  MVA photos

The evening kicked off at 6 p.m. with a traditional Lion Dance and classical dancing by the Chinese Association of Saipan.   The opening act was followed by a martial arts Taekwondo demonstration by the Korean Community of Saipan at 6:30 p.m., Marianas High School PolksaI Chamorro Club at 7:30 p.m., Laulau Homebrew at 8 p.m., modern dance troupe Studio 29:11 at 8:30 p.m., and local musician James Selepeo at 9:15 p.m.

The event also included the sale of traditional Chinese and Korean new year dishes, as well other cuisine including barbequed seafood such as lobsters, scallops, and shrimp.  Participating food vendors were Kinpachi Restaurant, Furusato Restaurant, Ina’s Kitchen, Music Bank Restaurant, Canton Restaurant, and Fong’s Bakery/Catering.   Festival goers also had the opportunity to try their hand at Chinese calligraphy.

“On behalf of the Marianas Visitors Authority, we would like to wish all a very Happy Lunar New Year!” said MVA Managing Director Christopher A. Concepcion.  “We hope for an  auspicious new year for both the Marianas and our valued visitors.”

The pedestrian mall is decorated with traditional Korea and Chinese lamps. The event was co-organized by the Chinese Association, the Korean Community of Saipan, and  MVA.

For information on upcoming events in the Marianas visit the Marianas Calendar on the official MVA website at www.mymarianas.com.