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Fabulous display of Chinese culture and heritable in Chinese Festival

September 24, 2017 12:21 PM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
INDIANAPOLIS: The 10th Annual Indianapolis Chinese Festival on Saturday celebrated and shared the excitement of the Chinese culture and heritage with residents of Indiana at IUPUI's Wood Plaza, West New York Street and Blake Street, across from  Herron School of Art and Design, Downtown.
This festival is hosted during the month of Chinese Moon Festival, which is the second largest Chinese festival after Chinese New Year.  The Moon Festival in China is a celebration of the harvest with family and friends.
The Chinese Festival in Indianapolis was hosted by the Indianapolis Mayor's Office and is a collaboration between a number of local Chinese organizations, including the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis, American China Society of Indiana (ACSI),  Indiana Families for Adoption Community and Education (I-FACE), Indianapolis Chinese Community Center, Inc. (ICCCI), Indianapolis Chinese Performing Arts, Indy Asian American Times, and IUPUI Chinese School.
Non proft organizations which participated in the Festival were Indy-Hangzhou Sister City, Columbus Chinese Association, Church of Indianapolis, Indy Asian American Times, Asian American Alliance INC., Indy Buddhist Center and Indianapolis Chinese Orchestra
Sone of the visitors experienced and even participated in the famed lion and dragon dances, art exhibits, tai chi, musical and dance performances, crafts,  Chinese yo yo and Chinese jump rope. Delicious Chinese food was available on site.  
Artists from Jiangsu Province Performing Troupe, China, were special guests this year.
Chinese Calligraphy, Paper Cup, Jumbo runner hands, sgttlecocl/Yoyo, Chinese crafts, Rolling Rings, Chinese Costume, Chinese music and Chinese games were part of the art and culture section.
Craft for kids, face painting, shuttlecock/Yoyo, Chinese Checkers, Tangrams, Corn Hole Game and Feed the Drago tents were attractions for kids and family games.  Rupal Thanawala and Kalpana Bhojani displayed mehandi (hena) application. Hena art is gaining popularity the world over.
Besides Rupal, other CIC Board members KP Singh and Jane Gehlhausen  also attended the function. The event was organized by Mayors office and Jordan Rodriguez led the event. Jordan is director of international affairs for Mayor Joe Hogsett.  The Mayor had come for the event kick off.
IUPUI Vice Chancellor of Community Affairs Amy Conrad Warner attended the Chinese Festival..
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354: Rupal Thanawala and KP Singh, Board members of  Center of Interfaith Coperation with the Dragon at the Indianapolis Chinese Festival.

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