By UNE Staff Reporter
Riverside, California—The City of Riverside today kicked off its celebrations of the Lunar New Year with art performances, cultural demonstrations, and gourmet food on its historical Mission Inn Avenue.
The 2022 Riverside Lunar Festival was presented by Panana Events with support from the City of Riverside, Inland Chinese American Alliance (ICAA), UC Riverside Chinese Students and Scholars Association.
“This is one of the largest celebrations of the year in many Asian countries, we are proud here in Riverside to be part of it,” said Patricia Lock Dawson, the Mayor of Riverside. “Riverside has a long history in relationship with Asian cultures. Much of our success in this city is due to the contributions of Asian cultures. Riverside is greatly indebted to our friends and neighbors in Asian communities.”
The two-day event features traditional Chinese dance by Inland Hua Xia ECAA, and Tang Arts and Performing Studios, K-Pop from M.A.D Dance Studios, Traditional instruments from Merano Cultural Group, Japanese Taiko Drums from UC Riverside, and food from vendors in the Inland Empire.
It is learned that the Riverside Lunar Festival has been a signature event in celebrating the Lunar New Year in the City of Riverside, and the Inland Empire as a whole.
“Riverside Lunar Festival has a long standing and unique tradition with various cultural exhibitions,” said Wang Taiyu, the Cultural Consul of the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles. “It is quite fitting for the melting pot, that is Riverside, with its large Asian population. And it surely contributes to the harmony among neighbors and strengthens the friendship between Chinese and American people.”
Henry Wu, and Eric Luan, the founders of Panana Events, Rosalind Lu, the president of ICAA, and Karen Cheng, the founder of ICAA, and other Asian community leaders attended the opening ceremony.
The event is free to the public. For more information, please visit pananaevents.com.