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Posted Jan 17th, 2014

Dragon dances, international dance, sword and martial arts displays set for two-day festival in one of the largest

events in the metro-Washington D.C. region 

FAIRFAX, VA (January 17, 2014) – Fair Oaks Mall will host its 11th annual Lunar New Year Festival celebrations on Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2, 2014 as it honors the Chinese year 4712, the year of the Horse. Sponsored by Long & Foster Realtors, the ceremonies, performances and exhibitions will be presented from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Fair Oaks is located immediately off I-66 and Route 50 (Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy) in Fairfax with 8,000 easily accessed free parking spaces.


            The year of the Horse is considered a year that will bring good fortune and success, with the horse is considered the strongest fire animal among the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. The horse is a hero in China because important battles were won due to its power and strength. Fair Oaks' Lunar New Year décor will feature soaring dragons and laterns while also reflecting the year of the Horse.


One of the largest Lunar New Year events of its kind, Fair Oaks Mall's 11th annual Lunar New Year Festival is once again anticipated to attract close to 200,000 people over the course of the two-day celebration. Presented by the Washington Hai Hua Community Center, the Lunar New Year celebrations will feature traditional Chinese dragon dances; music and dance performances; interactive multi-cultural displays with Chinese knotting, calligraphy and painting; martial arts demonstrations; children's arts and crafts; and a special lantern festival.


More than 200 performers will participate in this year's Lunar New Year Festival, representing such countries and regions as China, Korea, Japan, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Polynesia, Tibet, Turkey and the 50th state of Hawaii.


Fair Oaks Mall's Lunar year is presented with the Washington Hai Hua Community Center, dedicated to working as a bridge between new Asian immigrants and American society since 1989. Through a wide range of activities and services, Hai Hua Community Center provides educational, health and cultural outreach, and programming for multi-cultural families.


The 11th annual Fair Oaks Lunar New Year Festival is presented by Long & Foster Realtors, which will be hosting their popular "Ask A Realtor" series on Friday, January 31 and throughout the festival celebrations on February 1 and 2 in a central location in the mall.