I was invited to attend the Charming Beijing Variety Show, hosted by the China International Culture Association, the Beijing Association for Culture Exchanges and the Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau. This homage to Chinese tradition took place at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills to celebrate the year of the rooster.
We were treated to some of China’s most amazing acrobats, jugglers, ballet artists, musicians, opera singers, and theater performers. Honestly, I don’t know how they do it. The acrobats absolutely defy gravity. Members of the Chinese community, VIP’s and other audience members browsed booths with artisans, enjoyed special treats viewed displays to learn more about the traditions of Chinese New Year.
The Charming Beijing Variety Show Performers
Below are just a few.
Imagine being on pointe on top of someone’s shoulder.
Or jumping through death-defying high hoops and then tumbling into somersaults. (Below is not even as high as they eventually jumped)
These splits are unbelievable.
And then there are these beautiful ladies.
Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rooster
The performers were from the Beijing Performance and Art Group.
According to the Chinese Zodiac, you are a Rooster if you were born in 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2017, or 2029.
I was born in the year of the Snake.
Chinatowns all over the U.S. will be hosting parades with dragons, fireworks, and traditional foods. Make sure to participate and learn more about their centuries-old traditions. Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China. It’s a time for family reunion and planning for the New Year.
Every Chinese New Year parade ends with a dragon dance. The dragon is a symbol of wisdom, power, and wealth.
When I was in high school I remember writing a report about the history of the Chinese in America. I found it to be mysterious and fascinating. Did you know that Chinese laborers practically built our entire railroad system and contributed enormously to our society? Make a point of celebrating Chinese New Year in the city or town you live in.
What is your Chinese Zodiac animal? Please leave a comment below.