In this Sunday Feb. 9, 2014 photo, children play by a horse-shaped pattern made of footprints left by a man after snowfall on an overpass closed due to snow and rains, in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. Chinese worldwide celebrates 2014 as the year of the horse. Closer to home, you can learn more about Chinese culture at the Year of the Horse Celebration Saturday at Hiram Johnson High School.

Year of the Horse celebration set for Saturday

Published: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Learn more about Chinese culture at the Year of the Horse Celebration Saturday at Hiram Johnson High School.

The event will be held 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It is presented by the Chinese New Year Culture Association and will feature dance, music and martial arts performances by a variety of groups, including the Chinese Kung Fu Martial Arts Academy, the Davis Red Maple Dance School, and Chinese pop singers in the Bay Area. The Sacramento Kings Dancers will make a special appearance at the show, which will be held in the school auditorium. The school is at 5819 14th Avenue in Sacramento.

The festival, its 17th year, will also celebrate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. A ten-minute segment of “Silent Spike,” a documentary on the Chinese railroad workers being made by a television station in China, will be presented during the show.

Chinese paintings and porcelain will be featured in an exhibit in the school cafeteria, where more than 50 vendors will ply their wares, including Chinese arts and crafts and food.

The Chinese celebrate the Lunar New Year for 15 days, culminating with the Lantern Festival. The Year of the Horse began on Jan. 31.

Tickets for the show are $6 for adults, $1 for children under the age of 12 and can be purchased at the door. Admission to the exhibit is free.

For information, go to www.cnyca.net or call Rung Fong Hsu at 916-370-6688.

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