Chinese culture gives a colorful display in downtown plaza

A.M. Costa Rica/Kayla Pearson
The traditional lion dance or mock battle attracts the attention of spectators.

The Municipalidad de San José and Asociación China de Costa Rica came together Monday to celebrate Día de la Cultura China with the community in the Plaza de la Cultura.

Chinese culture day was established in 2003 to be celebrated the first week of October.

No specific day was noted, just the stipulation that the integration of the Chinese and Costa Rican cultures was celebrated within the week, said Samuel San from the association.

Francisco Lei, a Chinese Costa Rican Kung Fu professor who studied in China and returned to teach martial arts in this country, showcased his students to the crowd.

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Kung Fu student displays a warm-up techinque.

The students performed stretch routines and a series of drills with Chinese kwan da sword and nunchaku to the beat of drums and cymbals. They also dressed in a lion costume for a Danza de León demonstration.

The lion dance is a Chinese traditional dance and is something many Kung Fu schools have adopted to show powerful moves and stance. The dance itself has many meanings including positive energy, said San.

San praised the whole Kung Fu art form for requiring a lot of sacrifice and a lot of dedication.

Participants also were welcomed to listen to Chinese music from a group of nonprofessionals who loved the music and also formed lines to get their names written in Chinese characters based on the name pronunciation.

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