– By Livia Qiang

Sifu Shi Yan Ming says “Everyday is Christmas, every day is New Years” and that we must celebrate everyday not only on special occasions.

This February 10th we celebrated Sifu’s birthday which coincides with Chinese New Year and year is the year of the dog.

For this celebration the USA Shaolin Temple was beautifully adorned with fresh flowers Chinese lamps and inflatable golden balloons in shape of dogs.

A poster celebrating Sifu’s birthday and the obligatory birthday card where displayed for disciples, students and friends to write wished and thoughts for Sifu.

Once again Heng Ru (Bokeem Woodbine) joined us in what he once called “consistently the best party I will attend all year”.

Presents were given by disciples and students and there was a pińata to be smashed by Sifu, which he broke in half with one stroke, children rushed to gather the candy that fell from the piñata.

After the celebratory brindis and the cut of the cake people enjoyed home cooked dishes and then our own DJ Heng Fa began his beats which made everybody a dancer.

Once again it was people of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds getting together bringing home made food, special water, and some beautiful performances to celebrate Sifu Shi Yan Ming Birthday.