New Year Festivities for Families
January - March 2015

CelebrASIA NYC is a collaboration among leading cultural institutions in New York City designed to introduce children to Asian festivals and themes. Children are invited to ring in many Asian New Years from January to March by participating in hands‐on workshops and programs.

Asia Society

Family Day: Moon Over Manhattan! Celebrate the Lunar New Year

Saturday, February 21 • 1‐4 pm

Asia Society rings in the Year of the Goat with performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia.

Family Day: Spring Into Nowroz! Celebrate the Persian New Year

Saturday, March 21 • 1‐4 pm

Nowroz, the Persian New Year, marks the beginning of spring. Discover the spirit of Nowroz with traditional music, dance and crafts from Central Asia and Iran.

$5 students, seniors, children; $7 members (Dual Family members FREE); $12 nonmembers. Tickets available the day of event

Japan Society

New Year’s Celebration: Oshogatsu

Sunday, January 25 • 2‐4 pm

Celebrate the New Year holiday at Japan Society’s annual Oshogatsu event and participate in various traditional activities. Families watch live taiko drumming and accompanying lion dancing (shishi‐mai) and have the chance to participate in a brief taiko practice session at either 2 or 3 pm. Other fun activities include rice pounding (mochi‐tsuki), calligraphy (kakizome), kite (tako)‐making, traditional games (fukuwarai), and top spinning (koma‐mawashi). Recommended for all ages.

$18/$10 Japan Society members; children ages 2 and under free (includes festival and taiko drumming session at either 2 pm or 3 pm)

Museum of Chinese in America

Blaaast into the New Year with MOCA!

Saturday, February 28 • 11 am‐4 pm

Join us for a Lunar New Year celebration to usher in the Year of the Sheep! Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate Chinese cultural traditions and the arts inspired by Chinatown and the 5 boroughs. Enjoy an awe‐inspiring lion dance, try your hand at traditional folk arts, participate in zodiac themed arts and crafts, embark on storytelling journeys, and sway along with Chinatown’s Red Silk Dancers. That and more family fun at MOCA, so herd on over!

$10 per person; $8 for all MOCA Dual and Individual Level Members; Free for MOCA Family Level Members and above, children under 2, and Cool Culture families. advance online purchase recommended.

The Korea Society

Family Day: Korean New Year

Saturday, January 31 • Session I: 1 pm • Session II: 3 pm

Celebrate Sŏllal, the Korean New Year, with a day of fun‐filled family activities at The Korea Society! Enjoy storytelling based on Korean folk tales and practice sebae, the New Year’s bow, to show respect for elders. Learn Korean calligraphy and brush painting, make a tasty treat, play traditional games, and participate in arts & crafts projects! Unforgettable memories await your family at The Korea Society.

Members $25 per family of 3‐5 ($5 each additional family member) $10 for individuals; Non‐members $30 per family of 3‐5 ($5 each additional family member); $15 for individuals

Flushing Town Hall

Lunar New Year Family Workshops: Calligraphy

Sunday, March 1 • Chinese: 1 pm, Korean: 3 pm

Calligraphy Workshop: Welcome in the Year of the Ram with calligraphy workshops led by Chinese artist, Mr. Chao‐Lin Ting (1PM) and Korean calligraphy master Dr. Yoo Sung Lee (3PM). Learn basic calligraphy to write your new year’s wishes in Chinese and Korean.

Lunar New Year Family Workshops: Asian Fan Dance

Saturday, March 7 • 2 pm

Asian Fan Dance Workshop: Song Hee Lee, Korean dancer and Ling Tang, Chinese dancer will teach simple fan dance routines from both Korean and Chinese traditions. No dance experience necessary and all levels welcome. Bring your own folding fan or borrow one of ours.

$10/$8 Members & Children (materials provided)

Rubin Museum of Art

Losar Family Day: Himalayan New Year

Sunday, February 22 • 12‐4 pm

Join us for an afternoon of art, crafts, food, and music to celebrate Losar, the Himalayan New Year, at the Rubin Museum of Art! Watch as a master artist creates a sand mandala, contribute to a giant collaborative mandala, construct colorful butter sculptures, and sip Himalayan butter tea. Go on a family gallery tour and enjoy traditional Tibetan music performances throughout the day!

$10 per child; 10% discount for children of individual members; free for dual/family members and above. Adults pay regular admission fees. Free for children under 1 year and Cool Culture members.

China Institute

Chinese New Year, Year of the Goat

Sunday, February 22 • 11 am‐3 pm

Kick off the Year of the Goat with a free lion dance and kung‐fu demonstration in front of China Institute at 125 East 65th Street. Following the lion dance, join our new year‐themed workshops and activities for families inside China Institute which include dumpling and lantern making, calligraphy, as well as gallery tours of our newest exhibition, Mao’s Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution.

General Admission ‐ Children under 12 $5; Adult Members $10; Adult‐Non‐members $15 • Workshop Admission (General Admission Included) Members Adult $20; Children $10, Non‐members Adult $25; Children $15