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Celebrating the weddings of Asia
All things festive going on over here at Audubon, and this Saturday’s fest will be a delight you’ll want to see. The Asian Pacific American Society is hosting its annual festival at Audubon Zoo. The Times-Picayune ran a great article covering the event. Check out Tina Soong’s article below.
Displaying richly diverse and fascinating customs, The Asian/Pacific American Society will present "Weddings of Asia" when it holds its 2011 Heritage Festival Saturday at Audubon Zoo.
Weddings in the Far East are known for their beauty, vibrant clothing and symbolic food. At the festival, each Asian community will present an example of what a wedding is like in their homeland.
Festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"The festival is a reflection of what APAS stands for: to promote and preserve the rich culture of Asia," APAS chairwoman Joana Rogers said. "With our theme, the weddings of Asia, there is no better way to showcase the diversity of our Asian communities. It is a true witness to the unity of all the Asian communities in our city as we come together as one and celebrate the Asian heritage. It is an honor to be part of its production. I look forward to good weather, good food and fun for everyone."
Rogers will give the welcoming remarks. The event will also feature a central tent, a cultural tent, food booths and stage performances.
The cultural tent, shared by many Asian communities and groups, will exhibit Asian art, artifacts, crafts, paintings, photos, posters, national costumes, musical instruments, books and more.
The New Orleans Chapter of the Organization of Chinese American Women has a separate information booth. The booth will have a food therapy display showcasing Chinese healing herbs and vegetables and short sessions of a massage therapy called Tui na, among other activities.
The cuisines of 10 Asian-American communities will be presented at the food booths, including Cambodian, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Korean, Filipino, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese.
There will be Chinese folk dances, Korean musicians, Indian classical dance, Indonesian dances, Filipino group dances and Chinese Shaolin martial arts demonstrations.
The festival will culminate with a fashion show of wedding dresses and ceremonial wedding processions by the various Asian-American communities.
For more information, call 504.417.3282 or go to www.apasneworleans.org.
Event Info: ~ Asian Pacific Society Festival ~ Audubon Zoo~
~Saturday, April 16th 2011 10am- 5pm ~