The lucky year of the Fire Monkey

La comunidad china celebrando el Año Nuevo.

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The Chinese community will celebrate the arrival of the year of the Fire Monkey for two days, on Sunday 7 and Monday, February 8 with a series of cultural events that include performances from acrobats, magicians, martial artists and a show presented by the troupe, “The Goddess of the Thousand Hands” presenting their artistic work,“My Dream”, a colorful contrast that mixes traditional and modern music, folkloric dances, ballet and modern Latin rhythms.

Queen of the celebration, Jessica Pereira Chong.

Queen of the celebration, Jessica Pereira Chong.

“My Dream” will be presented on Monday, February 8 at 1:00 p.m. in the Anayansi Theater of the Atlapa Convention Center, where all the events are taking place. The second performance will be at 5:00 p.m. Tickets cost between $20 to $50 and are for sale at Ticketplus and at the box office on the day of the presentations. All the money collected by the sale of the tickets will benefit the works of the First Lady’s Office.

Chinese people celebrate the New Year.

Chinese people celebrate the New Year.

This show is famous around the world and more than 40 artistes with disabilities will take part, expressing their feelings through music and dance. The music and dance troupe are part of the China’s People with Disabilities Federation, whose motto is “express feelings of truth, goodness and beauty of the soul”.

The fair to celebrate the arrival of the new year will be held at the Atlapa Convention Center and the doors will open on Sunday 7 and Monday, February 8 from midday to 8: p.m. Entrance is free.

There will be presentations of singing, dancing, acrobatics, magic, martial arts, Chinese and Panamanian folkloric dances, craft workshops, tea tasting, Chinese calligraphy, real estate projects, car exhibits, as well as a handicraft area for products and services. There will be special performances from Sammy and Sandra Sandoval. The queen of this two- day celebration is Jessica Pereira

The New Year festival is also known as the Spring Party, a celebration that last 15 days, ending with the Lantern Festival.

“The Goddess of the Thousand Hands” group.

“The Goddess of the Thousand Hands” group.

The Chinese Lunar Year of the Fire Monkey will start on Monday, February 8. It is considered the most important festival of the Chinese community, where elders are honor by serving them tea.

According to the Chinese calendar, the year of the Fire Monkey forecasts big positive changes for the daring ones. This is a good year for travel and work hard with a lot of organization. “You should not say no to nothing, because thing could be better than expected,” said Juan Tam, National Council Secretary of the Chinese Etnia in Panama.

The monkey is the ninth sign of the Chinese horoscope, and for that reason will bring a lot of luck for everybody. This year will be energetic and those who follow their beliefs know that they have to be expressive and sincere with their emotions and very interested in the opposite sex.

According to the Chinese horoscope 2016, the fire monkey will have a powerful and constant motivation to be at the top on your professional field.


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