Mainers celebrate Chinese New Year | News
WESTBROOK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --
Almost 1,000 people attended a Chinese New Year celebration at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center on Saturday.
The Chinese-American Friendship Association of Maine and the Confucius Institute at the University of Southern Maine hosted the event, where families enjoyed Chinese food, arts and crafts, and watched as students from the CAFAM Chinese school performed traditional Chinese dances.
"The purpose is to build a friendship between Chinese and Americans in this country," said Kwok Yeung, the President of CAFAM. "This is really terrific that we have a number of volunteers working with children and parents to bring this together. Making costumes, rehearsals, there's a lot of work that went behind it."
2016 is the Year of the Monkey.
CAFAM hopes the event will draw more Chinese students to Maine.
"We try to bring as much Chinese culture to a celebration like this as we can. [We're] working with the community to build a friendship and make Maine known to outsiders to make this as big of a melting pot as we possibly can," said Yeung. "Seeing all these people here is really gratifying. We like to make this fun for everybody, especially the young children."
IDEXX, Oxford Casino, and Beacon Analytical Systems were some of the sponsors.