Opera Ushers in Chinese New Year

Huang Zheng Qin of the Washinton Chu Shan Chinese Opera Institute displays banners bringing good fortune to everyone during the Chinese New Year celebration at Golden China Restaurant, in Leesburg. According to ancient tradition, Chinese royalty welcomed the new year with Chinese opera and food. Celebrated here is the Chinese Year of the Horse, which began on Feb. 12. Qin plays the genius artist, Tong Bao Ho, who dances, sings and paints a famous picture of a horse after he gives his message.