Chinese Culture Comes Back
2013 Times Square New Year's Eve
Countdown Celebration

    Sino-American Friendship Association (SAFA) participated in the opening ceremony with a Chinese cultural performance, panda dance during the 2013 Times Square New Year’s Eve Countdown Celebration. This is the second time an aspect of Chinese culture be part of the celebration since it began in 1904. SAFA held the first Chinese performance with traditional lion dance during Countdown Celebration 2012. In a city with such a multicultural population as New York, the panda dance captures the beauty and diversity of its most populous ethnic group.

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    At 6pm on December 31st at Duffy Square Countdown Stage, as the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball ascended to the top, the opening ceremony began with a creative east meets west “China Style” panda dance. Regarded as a symbol for friendship and peace, 3 pandas have attracted over a million people at Times Square by their beautiful coats and playful nature as the Chinese friendship ambassador. The New Year’s Eve Ball had radiated the color of red and yellow symbolizing “fortune and happiness” in traditional Chinese culture with extravagant fireworks displayed highlighting the New Year’s Eve Celebration. Throughout the performance, families and friends enjoyed a truly authentic Chinese cultural celebration taking place within a decorated American traditional celebration. The celebration had taught those in attendance about the traditional Chinese New Year’s celebration as well as broadcasted live in China and around the world. It is a wonderful example of West “kisses” East: a theme that is growing evermore prominent in today’s burgeoning international community and society.

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