February 24th marked Cleveland’s first time hosting Ohio China Day, a celebration of the various cultures throughout China.
For the past 10 years, Columbus has been the host of Ohio China Day, but this year, Cleveland finally had it’s turn! The Cleveland Public Auditorium was home to a variety of authentic food, music, and dance, celebrating China’s diverse culture.
Organized by the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese Culture Association (CCCCA), the Cleveland Contemporary Chinese School (CCCS), and the City of Cleveland, Ohio China Day brings together an authentic presentation of the unique heritage of Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Chinese culture.
Attendees were treated to a number of booths and stands, including calligraphy displays, food and tea ceremonies, a Chinese spelling bee, and most importantly, the stage performances. More than 50 unique programs took to the stage of the Public Auditorium, which include performances of traditional Chinese folk dances & folk songs.
Students performed traditional Chinese folk dances
The preservation of Chinese culture and the adaptation of American culture by students is made possibly through The Chinese School Association in the United States, a non-profit organization dedicated to maximizing cooperation and exchange between the various Chinese schools in America.
Established in 1994, the CSAUS has grown to include over 400 schools, and more than 100,000 students, including thousands of those who have immigrated from China.
For more information on the CSAUS, you can go to csaus.org
For those who are interested in learning more about Cleveland’s Chinese Culture Association, you can head to CCCCA.org
Photos courtesy of City of Cleveland Photo Bureau