The Delaware Art Museum is excited to announce the return of their fifth-annual Chinese New Year celebration. Chinese New Year: Lantern Festival, which is presented in conjunction with the Hanlin Chinese Culture Association, is free and open to the public.
Based on the lunar calendar, Chinese New Year is a 15-day celebration that occurs each January or February. The celebration ends on the 15th day of the New Year with an extravagant community party called the Lantern Festival. The Hanlin Association and the Museum will honor this holiday with traditional Chinese art activities, yo-yo demonstrations, and lion, dragon, and folk dances by the Chinese American Community Center Dragon Folk Dance Troupe and Yo-Yo Club. Artwork created by children from the Chinese School of Delaware to commemorate this holiday will be on view. Special guest Mingmei Yip will perform storytelling about the Lantern Festival and music on the qin, an ancient Chinese stringed instrument.
Taini Hsu, president of the Hanlin Chinese Culture Association, says the Museum is the perfect place for the Chinese New Year celebration–which has drawn 1,000-person crowds for the past four years–because of its focus on community and culture.
“This is a win-win situation because we get to share Chinese culture and traditions with the community at large while encouraging all attendees to enjoy the Museum’s diverse collections,” Hsu said.
Founded in 2007, the Hanlin Chinese Culture Association promotes Chinese culture and art to the general public with a variety of educational and entertaining events, such as traditional calligraphy and painting exhibitions, dancing and martial arts performances, and Chinese music and flower arranging demonstrations. In May, 2011, the Hanlin Association will present a lecture series at the Museum focusing on the art of Chinese painting, porcelain, flower arranging, and tea drinking. To learn more about the Hanlin Association, visit their website at http://hanlincca.org/