Lion Dance and Celebration of Chinese Cultures Mark Year of the Rooster

Mark Year of the Rooster

Workshops, talks, presentation, and obviously a lion move will be the memorable part of the festival of Lunarfest 2017 on Saturday, Feb. 4. Lunarfest praises the Chinese Year of the Rooster, which started on Jan. 28 and will proceed through Feb. 15, 2018. The chicken is one of 12 creatures celebrated in the Chinese culture, in light of the lunar timetable. It is viewed as an image of constancy and timeliness. The occasion is orchestrated by the New Haven Museum, the Yale- China Association, and the Council on East Asian Studies.

As is customary, Lunarfest 2017 will start with a Lion Dance, down Whitney Avenue from Grove to Trumbull lanes between 10– 11:30 a.m. Amid the parade by the Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute’s lion dance troupe, gathering of people will give the lions red envelopes, which are the indication of good fortunes and successfulness. There additionally will be stimulation by neighborhood entertainers at the crossing point of Whitney and Audubon lanes. The topic of the current year’s Lunarfest program is “Regions of China,” and there will be tasks highlighting the assorted qualities of societies inside the country from 1 to 4 p.m. at three settings:

New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave.: Display Chinese crafts and presentation of martial arts, dance, traditional musical instruments and more.

Henry R. Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave.: Chinese poetry reading, “Mandarin & Cantonese — What’s the Difference?”; theater workshop with Chinese artist Tai Chi; folklore painting and more.

Yale-China Association, 442 Temple St.: Lunarfest information center; “Festival Foods in China” exhibit; tasks inclusive making candy, red envelopes, and fans.


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