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January 16, 2014

Year of the Horse celebration for Chinese New Year

The Andover Chinese Cultural Exchange will celebrate the Chinese New Year — “Year of the Horse” — with festivities and food on Sunday, Jan. 26, at China Blossom, 946 Osgood St., North Andover.

Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays and is a time to bring family together for feasting and celebration, organizers of the celebration say. The cultural exchange will mark the occasion with an offering of authentic cuisine as well as an array of ancient and modern Asian traditions.

Families are invited to indulge in a traditional dim sum buffet while enjoying gong fu (kung fu) and the Lion Dance presented by Yang’s Martial Arts in Andover, traditional folk and modern Chinese dance demonstrations and live cultural music, including a performance on the Er Hu, a string instrument similar to a violin with the exception of two strings.

Shin-Yi Yang will perform on the Gu-zheng, an ancient Chinese instrument (zither) that has strings that are plucked like a guitar. Yang is the founder of the Boston Guzheng Ensemble and the two-time winner of the traditional arts apprenticeship given by the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Folk Arts and Heritage Program.

Guests will also have the chance to increase their luck and ward off evil spirits in the new year with the Hong Bao ceremony. During this traditional ceremony, red envelopes containing “lucky money” are typically given by the married to the unmarried, usually children.

The event will also include a Wonders of China exhibit, calligraphy featuring members of ACCE and the Chinese American Fine Arts Society of Boston. And new this year, ACCE will be raffling off two trips to Beijing.

Due to the success of the annual event, which has sold out the past two years, guests will have the choice of attending a 4 or 6 p.m. performance, with dinner following each show.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $20 for children. Proceeds will benefit Andover Chinese Cultural Exchange, a nonprofit community group dedicated to introducing Chinese culture to the Merrimack Valley and also providing educational opportunities and support for charitable causes.

Seating is limited and reservations are requested at http://yearofthehorse.eventbrite.com/. For more information, contact Richard Soo Hoo, president of ACCE, at richsoohoo@aol.com.

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