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Sunday, December 21, 2008

22nd Annual Asian Festival set for Texan Cultures, 1-31

James Benevides (photo)
UTSA Downtown
Public Affairs specialist

22nd Annual Asian Festival set for January 31, 2009
UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures hosts Year of the Ox celebration

The Asian Festival at UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures began as a small reunion for local Asian groups held around the time of the Lunar New Year. It has become an opportunity for San Antonio's Asian community to celebrate together and educate the community about the cultures and traditions from the Middle East to the Pacific Rim.

In addition to the wide variety of foods – Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Pakistani, Filipino and Polynesian to name a few – the festival offers performances including martial arts and dance demonstrations. Other activities include Ikebana floral arrangement seminars, Asian games like Mah-jongg and vendors of Asian crafts, jewelry, clothing and more.

Individuals born in the Year of the Ox (1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, and 2009) are known for their patience and determination. They embody high ideals of loyalty and their work-ethic is unmatched; traits which may make them seem strong-minded and stubborn.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, January 31st

UTSA’s Institute of Texan Cultures
801 S. Bowie St. (at Durango Blvd.), San Antonio 78205

$8 – Adults, $4 – Children, Seniors, Military with I.D.

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James M. Benavides
Public Affairs Specialist
The University of Texas at San Antonio

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