CINCINNATI — In two days, the year of the dog will be behind us as 2019 brings in the year of the pig. But in Liberty Township, the celebrations have already begun.
"Our kids are eager to draw attention to these striking pig sculptures that have practically become synonymous with Cincinnati," said Ling Peng, the dean of Greater Cincinnati Chinese School. "We are excited to show their work."
Sunday afternoon's celebrations at the Lakota East Freshman campus kicked off with a display of technique by Kung Fu master Sen Gao of the Ohio Wushu Acadamy.
Visitors were also welcomed to take part in plenty of crafting projects, showcasing Chinese art and culture. Crafts ranged from intricate paper-cutting demonstrations to calligraphy showcases and even ancient Chinese royal costumes available to try on for photos, Cincinnatians were invited to participate in many different colorful and interactive cultural experiences.
"We serve the community and bring the Chinese culture to the community," said Ye Yang, vice principal of GCCS. "This is the biggest festival in our Chinese culture, so we want to celebrate with everybody."
Students also took part in an art contest, drawing pigs of various shapes and sizes. In Chinese culture, the pig is a symbol of prosperity.