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The Chinese community will be celebrating the New Year with artistic performances, a magic show, handicraft fair and a fireworks display in three different locations: El Dorado Mall, Figali Convention Center and the Atlapa Convention Center.
The celebrations to receive the year of the Fire Monkey will begin on Saturday 6 and Sunday, February 7 at the Figali Convention Center from 10:00 a.m. with Chinese and Panamanian typical dance troupes, the traditional Dance of the Lion on stilts, martial arts demonstrations, a magic show, a handicraft fair and fireworks displays. Entrance is free.
The second venue is El Dorado Mall, which is the new Chinatown, due to the great number of Chinese shops that are in the area. The Dragon will also dance there and there will be martial arts performances and dances, on Saturday 6 and Sunday, February 7.
The third venue is the Atlapa Convention Center where the party starts from midday to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, 7 and Monday, February 8. There will be artistic presentations, a handicraft fair, sale of food and music courtesy of Sammy and Sandra Sandoval. Entrance to the event is free.
On Monday 8, the dance troupe, Goddess of the Thousand Hands, will perform two shows at the Anayansi Theater in the Atlapa Convention Center, from 1:00 p.m. a 3:00 p.m., and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tickets from $20 at Ticketplus.
Last year around 32,000 visitors went to ATLAPA to celebrate the Chinese New Year and it is expected that number will increase this year.
According to Chinese astrology, the Year of the Fire Monkey is full of changes and challenges, bringing good luck to those who dare.