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Naperville Xilin Festival 2016

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Xilin Association hosted their 11th Annual Lantern Festival at the Compass Church.

“Usually Lantern Festival is the 15th of January but we the Chinese New Year Celebration goes with 30 is the eve with your family and January 1st is the family celebration then the 2nd you go to visit your relatives and the 15th is the community celebration,” said Linda Young, Executive Director of the Xilin Association.

The night opened up celebrating the Year of the monkey, which was followed by more Chinese traditions full of colorful costumes, music, and dancing with participants of all ages.

“The thing that I most enjoy is getting to see everyone perform because each and every one is a different thing and it’s really cool to see what each and every one has been working on every year,” said Isabelle Wu, Performer at the Xilin Festival.

And although this was a way to bring the Chinese culture to light, the mystical experience attracted folks of all backgrounds.

“We preserve the Lantern Festival meaning we want to celebrate it with the whole community, it doesn’t matter if you are different personality or language, we all celebrate together,” said Young.


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