The Kanata Chinese Seniors Support Centre is getting a jump start on planning its 2013 New Year’s celebration.
The event, which is set to take place on Feb. 10, will feature interactive stations where the public will have the chance to make their own traditional food and crafts. Wen Jean Ho, founder of the support centre, said she’s hoping the event will draw a large crowd looking to learn about Chinese culture.
“(We want) the community to come out and enjoy the activities,” she said. “It’s going to be fun.”
Ho said the group wants to celebrate their culture with the community by hosting a more interactive event.
“Cross-cultural, cross-community; then we can really create harmony.”
Booths at the New Year celebration will include:
* A craft section with paper-cutting and Chinese lantern-making tables.
* Food stations where attendees can learn how to make dumplings, sweet rice balls and spring rolls.
* Teaching areas where people can learn how to write Chinese characters, about traditional medicines and first aid, and a background in history of the culture.
* An area with traditional clothing will be set up where attendees can try on the garments and have their photo taken.
A tea ceremony will also be performed, as will a theatrical performance.
“We will tell how Chinese people celebrate the New Year,” said Ho about the performance. “The focus is interaction.”
One way to celebrate is by creating red paper lanterns. They are hung in a window or over a door during the New Year celebration, which spans 15 days.
“It’s a symbol of luck for the Chinese New Year,” said Ho, adding attendees will have the opportunity to make their own lanterns at the event.
The support centre is looking for volunteers to help run each aspect of the ceremony, including the theatrical performance.
“Community members can participate in the performance,” said Ho. “We will provide the traditional dress.”
No prior experience or knowledge is necessary, she said, adding people will be trained on the station they are assigned to cover. Ho added it’s a great way for high school students to earn volunteer hours while learning a new skill and about a different culture.
She said those wishing to volunteer can call or text her to register as a volunteer at 613-440-3788.
The support centre is also hoping to attract sponsorship from local businesses to help fund the event or sponsor individual tables.
“If they’d like to support the programming, that’s awesome because we have no other extra funding,” said Ho, adding she’s been applying for grants to help operate the centre.
The Chinese New Year kicks off on Sunday, Feb. 10, and lasts for 15 days. The support centre will ring in the Year of the Snake on Feb. 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Mlacak Centre, 2500 Campeau Dr. Admission to the celebration is $2 and the funds raised will go towards funding programs for the Kanata Chinese Seniors Support Centre.
The centre is a non-profit organization that aims to establish, develop and maintain a support hub for Chinese seniors in Kanata and the surrounding areas.
For more information, visit KCSSC.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-656-2324.