Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) Festivals information, year round will be posted here, chronologically, according to time of year.

NoRuz / NawRuz: New Day, New Light, New Year in Persian and Central Asian Cultures:

a traditional spread (sofreh) to celebrate NoRuz in Persian culture and other Asian culturesSunday March 27, 2011, 6:00pm-7:30 pm
For all ages, kids, adults, families, groups, individuals, couples.
Location: ACCVT Headquarters, 814 Western Avenue, West Brattleboro, VT
Free Event, Donations to ACCVT, a 501(c)(3) educational resource organization, are always welcome and appreciated.

Lunar New Year Festival of Vietnam, Korea and China 2011

, Sunday afternoon Jan. 30th at the River Garden, 157 Main St., downtown Brattleboro.
Schedule of events:
11am-1pm: Set-up + install display of student Word-Art (inspired by Chinese characters and exhibited only during the Festival)
1 pm: Let’s eat! It’s a potluck. Bring whatever you can manage, Asian or non-Asian.
While we’re eating… a presentation on Asian medicine by Watercourse Way.
1:25pm: a 4-song sing-along – join in or listen; wanted: Korean and Vietnamese New Year songs, too.
1:30pm: Martial arts demos: kung fu and t’ai chi
2:30pm: Group Chinese exercise
2:40pm: Korean Team Rope Pull
3pm: Enter the Giant Vietnamese Dragon, in pursuit of the Heavenly Pearl.
Parade circles inside the River Garden, then outside along Main St., crossing over at High and Elliot Sts, then back inside for a a finishing flourish.
3:30pm: Group New Year Calligraphy using ink and brush.

* All ages welcome.
* A free event with donations to ACCVT welcome to help defray event and program expenses including space rental.
* ACCVT’s activities and programs are supported in part by Vermont Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Vermont Community Foundation.
* Thanks to our media sponsors: the Reformer, the Observer, the Commons, and Artscope Magazine.
* For further information, contact ACCVT Board President Damon Honeycutt via his Facebook page or ACCVT Executive Director Adam Silver at (802) 579-9088.

Thank you to the many who worked hard to make this year’s Lunar New Year Festival a big success: Damon Honeycutt, Norma Willingham, Yasuko Ichinomiya Parmenter, Tony Parmenter, Cai Xi, Marie Procter, Madeline Fan, Haiyan Hu, Sam Erlanger, Joshua Spaulding, Michelle Mahin, Molly Gawler, Sijo James Robinson, Sifu Lew Henderson, Sije Karin Tyree and Charles Weston of Running Fist Kung Fu, Leah Silver, Emma Rueter, Grace Willingham, Danielle Lauria and Building a Better Brattleboro, Chinese Learning Group of Brattleboro. Thank you to all who contributed with the potluck and for the financial contributions.

Tanabata, meaning “Seven Evenings”) is a Japanese star festival, held on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, celebrates the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair) which are separated from each other the rest of the year by the The Milky Way. In present-day Japan, people generally celebrate this day by writing wishes, sometimes in the form of poetry, on small pieces of paper and hanging them on bamboo, sometimes with other decorations. Tanabata, originating in an astronomical observance, is a day of poetry and crafts.2008 festival pics are on Flickr.
Obon is a very important tradition for Japanese people, a time to wish for the departed that their souls may rest in peace. One belief is that spirits of one’s ancestors join the living, present-day families during the Obon festival. It is a time to clean house, to decorate family altars with flowers and paper lanterns, and to offer vegetables and fruit to the spirits of one’s ancestors. Folk dances (bon odori) are often held during Obon in which people wearing the summer kimono (yukata) dance in a circle usually to the rhythm of taiko drums. In some places, after having welcomed the spirits of the ancestors for the first three days into the home, on the third evening of the festival, families send paper lanterns lit by a candle floating downstream in a gesture to send off the spirits. Both festivals occur close to each other during he Summer. Obon is related to ancient Shinto observances respecting one’s ancestors with music and dance featured.