The festival, a UTSA 50th anniversary signature event , opens with the thunder of firecrackers and drums, as Lion Dancers frighten away evil spirits, and bring good fortune for the year ahead. While the festival began as a Chinese New Year celebration, over time, other Asian communities joined the festivities, making the event a true showcase of the Asian continent, from China, to Korea, Japan, the South China Sea, the Indian sub-continent, and the island nations of the Pacific. Also joining the festival this year, the Japanese community has called on the Sumo steakhouse to prepare Akaushi steak and other favorites; Newa Paper Boutique will join the vendors on the veranda selling their Indonesian crafts; and the San Antonio Bead Society will show, teach and sell at their vendor station. Limited parking is available near the institute.
India Association of San Antonio
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IASA is a non-profit volunteer umbrella organization that represents all sister organizations and non-profit organizations of the community of Indian heritage in San Antonio, Texas with the primary purpose to bring diverse and very vibrant Indian community here in San Antonio together. The Association exists and strives to provide a common platform to all members living in San Antonio for pursuing their common goals and efforts in the social, cultural, educational and charitable activities. India Association since its inception has grown leaps and bounds. It is the events and activities that we organize help to bring us together as a community. Our events also help in promoting the Indo-American friendship and international goodwill. I am humbled by the confidence that the board has placed in me by entrusting the position of the President of IASA for the year
UTSA honors Asian cultures at 32nd annual Asian Festival
Cheers rang out on Saturday morning as costumed lion dancers emerged through a blast of fireworks and gray smoke for the opening of the Asian Festival. Members of the San Antonio Lion Dance Association weaved through crowds at the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute of Texan Cultures, moving to the beat of drums to drive evil spirits from the festival grounds and from the new year. Guests, bundled up for the 35 degree, rainy weather, followed the procession to the grounds of the Back Related : Dancing at the Asian Festival a link to the past for Burmese refugees.
What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions. The family-friendly event features music, cultural performances, food, fashion, crafts, and other products. Guests can enjoy authentic Asian-American food from 15 vendors, offering Japanese, Korean, Thai, Laotian, Philippine, and other delectable cuisines. Guests can also enjoy traditional Asian dance and musical performances on three separate stages; multicultural demonstrations of cooking, henna painting and palm reading; and craft sales including clothing, artworks, dolls, silk items and other gifts.