The Faulkner County Library celebrates World Tai Chi Day on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to noon, with demonstrations of Tai Chi by the library’s Tai Chi class under the instruction of Sachiko Halter. Since 1999, nearly 80 countries have celebrated World Tai Chi Day on the last Saturday in April.

The annual April event is open to the public, and begins in the earliest time zones of Samoa at 10 and then participants across Oceania, Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America with celebrations in eighty nations and several hundred cities, ending with final events in the last time zones of Hawaii, almost an entire day later. Celebrations include mass tai chi and qigong exhibitions and free classes in many participating cities.

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day’s stated goals are to:

• Educate the world about emerging medical research revealing health benefits that t’ai chi ch’uan and qigong offer.

• Educate about the increasing use of these ancient traditional Chinese medicine modalities in business, healthcare, education, penal and drug rehabilitation.

• Provide a global vision of cooperation for health & healing purposes across geopolitical boundaries, and also an appeal to people worldwide to embrace wisdom from all the cultures of the world.

• To Thank Chinese culture for the gifts of tai chi and qigong to the world.