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The most important celebration of the Chinese calendar is the New Year. Unlike in the western world the Chinese celebrate for five days, so from Thursday 15 to Monday, February 19 be prepared and join the party which will be held in four different locations: the Golden Unicorn restaurant in San Francisco, the Atlapa Convention Center, El Dorado Mall and the Sunley restaurant in El Dorado.
This year’s celebration, which is the Year of the Earth Dog, is very special, because it is the first one since Panama established diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China and they have brought more than 100 artistes from that country, to celebrate the New Year in style
There will be folkloric dance troupes, comedians, face changes, magic, the presentation of five chefs from Beijing, the Beijing Opera and the Dance of the Chinese Lion performed on stilts of more than three meters height.
Ileana Chong, Coordinator of the New Year festivities said that several Chinese associations have come together to bring different artistes.
The New Year celebrations will kick off on Thursday, 15 with a dinner at the Golden Unicorn restaurant in San Francisco at 7:00 p.m., where five chefs from Beijing will cook traditional dishes such as Beijing Duck and other delicacies.
On Friday 17 from midday to 8:00 p.m. there will be Chinese folkloric troupe presentations and the famous Asian pop singer, Hailan, will delight the public with his latest hits. The chefs from Beijing will give demonstrations about how to prepare noodles and other Chinese specialties. Artisans will offer handicraft and Chinese food will be for sale. The night will end with a display of fireworks.
El Dorado Mall, which lies in the heart of Chinatown, will also be celebrating the Year of Earth Dog, with dancers and other attractions on Friday 16 and Saturday 17. For more information about this event contact Wally Wan at 6612-1680.
On Sunday 18, the Embassy of the Popular Republic of China has organized a dinner at the Sunly restaurant of El Dorado, where five chefs from that country will prepare an exquisite dinner. For more information call Edisa Yau at 6664-8192.
The last day of celebrations is Monday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Anayansi Theater of Atlapa Convention Center where there will be performances by the Song and Dance Military Group Commission of the Popular Republic of China, the Beijing Opera with Master Hu Weng and an acrobatics group will present the piece “The Beauty of the Force of Balance”. The show will be hosted by the actress and model Wang Qian.
The Year of the Earth Dog 2018 is a year of social change and also a change to how we live our life; we will see changes in our view on diet, smoking, drinking and junk food this will be a year of change for the whole world.