Lunar New Year Festival
May this year bring you good fortune! Celebrate the Year of the Pig, one of the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac, with performances, gallery activities, food, and artist-led workshops for all ages.
Schedule of Events:
12pm: Lunar New Year Parade
The festival kicks off with Kwan’s Kung Fu of Peekskill performing the Lion Dance. Weather permitting, it will begin at the circle in front of the Museum and progress through the Lobby and around the Courtyard. As visitors follow the lion, they will become a part of its story!
12:30–4:30pm: Lucky Pouch Folding Workshop
Participate in a lucky pouch folding workshop led by Teaching Artist-in-Residence Seongmin Ahn. In Korea, people make lucky pouches and present them to each other for good luck for the Lunar New Year, often using them to store Sebetdon, money gifted by elders. These bags, known as Bok Jumeoni, were originally made as a substitute for pockets, since Hanbok, Korean traditional clothes, have no pockets. For the Lunar New Year workshop, participants will create paper pouches out of construction paper and decorate them with paint, pompoms, and various other craft materials.
12:30–4:30pm: Mask Making Workshop
Participate in a mask making workshop led by Teaching Artist-in-Residence Seongmin Ahn. Masks are the main prop in Talchum, a Korean theatrical dance that is performed on big holidays. The performances are meant to be whimsical, but also cynical, with lots of political and social commentary. For the Lunar New Year workshop, participants will decorate their own Talchum masks with various drawing and craft materials.
12:30–1:00pm: Chinese Folk Dance: Eternal Love
Dr. Yingli Wen performs the story of a Buddhist monk named Tang Seng, who is sent by the Emperor to the West to obtain the true Buddhist Scripture. On his long journey, he comes upon the All Women Kingdom and falls in love with the Queen. This dance reflects the Queen’s love for Tang Seng and her understanding of Tang Seng’s loyalty to his Emperor.
1:00–1:30pm: Chinese Yangqin Dulcimer Concert
Hear the distinctive, reverberating sound of the Chinese hammered dulcimer, as award-winning artist Ariane Kuo performs Dragon Boat and Spring at Red River.
1–4pm: Cooking Demonstrations and Tastings
Watch cooking demonstrations and enjoy tastings by the Korean Community Center of Tenafly, NJ.
1–4pm: Calligraphy & Origami
Learn about Chinese art and culture with calligraphy master Richard Liu, who will write your name in Chinese characters, and in a hands-on origami workshop led by Esther Uy. Presented by the Westchester & Hudson Valley Chapter of OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates.
1:30pm: Exhibition Tour
Tour our special exhibition The Color of the Moon.
3pm: Dance & Music Performance
Enjoy a live performance of Balinese dance and Gamelan Gendér Wayang music by Dharma Swara.
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