Lunar New Year Celebrations

Save the Date for CAFAM’s ‘Year of the Tiger’ Celebration!

Lunar New Year is coming up! CAFAM is working hard on plans for a festive 2022 event at Westbrook PAC on Saturday, February 5th. Chinese Folk Art Workshop of Boston is our scheduled performance group for a matinee show and we look forward to welcoming our community to celebrate this important holiday. 

We are currently seeking corporate and private financial sponsors as well as individual volunteers to support this event and cover our busy day! Please contact us if you would like to contribute in any way.

CAFAM is watching the the pandemic status carefully, and we will be adhering to all protocol and any required changes in the event plans as the winter unfolds. We will be updating you soon with more details on purchasing tickets and the other special offerings planned for the event!


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About CAFAM’s Lunar New Celebration

The Lunar New Year (LNY) Celebration is CAFAM’s most anticipated event of the year and the largest celebration of Chinese culture in Maine, drawing over 750 people each year. Our annual celebration appeals to families, adults, and children of all backgrounds. At the celebration, you’ll find the following:

  • Intriguing speakers and interactive demonstrations
  • Exciting Chinese folk song and dance performances
  • Fun arts and crafts for the whole family
  • Delicious Chinese food by local vendors

Explore past celebrations below to learn the beautiful history of LNY since CAFAM’s inception, read about sponsorship opportunities for both individual and business donors alike, see press coverage of the event, or take a stroll down memory lane.

As we continue to grow, CAFAM’s mission for cultural awareness and community growth pushes the organization to provide a fresh and exciting new LNY program each year.

The History of CAFAM’s Lunar New Year Celebration

Soon after CAFAM was established on August 8, 1988, the organization held a small banquet for Chinese New Year (CNY), the first major event organized by CAFAM to ring in the lunar new year.

It wasn’t until 1991 when South Portland Public Library approached CAFAM to organize a fair that the first true CNY fair was born.  The venues have changed over the years, moving from the library to the YWCA on Spring Street, and more recently, in 2001, to Catherine McAuley High School on Stevens Avenue.

From its inception, the New Year Fair (or New Year Celebration as we now call it) features a variety of food and activities for both children and adults. From the start, CAFAM always provides craft activities for younger children, always based on the theme of that year’s zodiac animal.

Dance performances began roughly in 2001, with the debut of a ribbon dance from CAFAM Chinese School students.

Presentations and other programs for adults and have varied in topic year after year to appeal to enthusiasts of history, culture, fine and performing arts, science, medicine, and economics.  Topics have ranged from Chinese history in Maine, Qi Gong philosophy, acupuncture, and other Chinese healing arts, business in China, calligraphy, and more.

Past celebrations

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