Lunar New Year Celebrations

2020 Celebration

CAFAM and the USM Confucius Institute invite you to our 2020 Lunar New Year event for Year of the Rat!

  • Saturday,  February 1, 2020
  • 10am – 3pm
  • Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Westbrook, Maine

About CAFAM’s Lunar New Celebration

New Year Celebration 2011

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.

Explore past celebrations on the right 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 of past LNY celebrations.

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

New Year Celebration 2011

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.

We’d love to celebrate the upcoming Year of the pig with you – Happy New Year!

The History of CAFAM’s Chinese 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

Who We Are

The Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine provides forums and outreach to promote awareness of and appreciation for Chinese culture. More.

Learn more about the CAFAM Chinese School

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