Lunar New Year Festival Returns to Downtown Howell

Celebrating a year of hard work while hoping for a prosperous new year are hallmarks of many Chinese New Year spring festivals.

People are invited to take part in Howell’s fourth annual Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.  The family-friendly festival offers a wide variety of activities, including a traditional Chinese lion dance, kids interactive cooking lessons, crafts, a 5K run, and a cooking competition.

In the Chinese Zodiac, 2017 marks the Year of the Rooster. The rooster is 10th in the Chinese Zodiac, each year marked by a different animal in a 12-year cycle. The start of the lunar New Year in 2017 began Jan. 28.

Whether you’re looking for a day of family fun or want to celebrate Chinese traditions and culture, the Lunar New Year Festival has something for you. Experience the festive Lunar New Year by attending a unique event or participating in one of the activities below:

•Blessing of the Businesses/Lion Dance – A Chinese tradition believed to bring good luck. Performers mimic a lion’s movement in a cultural lion costume.
• Kids Interactive Cooking Lesson – Get your kids cooking with Food Network Chef Tom Lin for an interactive cooking demo.
• Crafts & Take Home Activities – Enjoy interactive crafts and hands-on activities for kids of all ages.
• Godaiko Drummers Demonstration – Celebrate the Lunar New Year with traditional Asian drum beats from the Godaiko Drummers of the Great Lakes Taiko Center in Novi.
• Lunar New Year Dinner – Enjoy a seven-course dinner with family and friends, while being entertained by a cooking competition.
•5K Run/Walk – Take part in a fun winter 5K race across the Howell Public School Grounds. Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each age category, along with a traveling Dragon Trophy to the overall race winner.

“The Dragon Run 5K Run/Walk, generously sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network, returns to Howell on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017,” said Cathleen Edgerly, director of the Howell Main Street Downtown Development Authority (DDA). “With Howell Main Street’s commitment to community partnerships, we are proud to work with Howell Public Schools to host the race, as well as work with Advanced Arts Imaging students to design the race shirts.”

Pre-registration pricing closes Tuesday, Jan. 31, but on-site registration will be available at Challenger Elementary the morning of the race.

For more information, to register for events or to learn about volunteer opportunities visit the Down Town Howell events page.

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