LUNAR NEW YEAR IN THE NEW YEAR
Pat Jasper, Director of Folklife + Traditional Arts
Angel Quesada, Folklife + Traditional Arts Manager
Lunar New Year celebrations are just around the corner. The Chinese and Vietnamese Lunar New Year is based on a lunar cycle that falls between January 21 and February 20 on the Gregorian calendar. In Houston, celebrations happen throughout the city. Displays are mounted in homes, businesses and religious institutions. Crowds gather at temples and community events to enjoy performances of the lion and dragon dances, ignite fireworks, make offerings, experience the clamor of bells and the commotion of congregants and experience the whisper of prayer and to smell and veil of incense in the air. The entire event heralds new beginnings and expresses great relief in moving on from the travails of the old year.
The spirit of this complex cultural event will be evoked this week in Exploring Lunar New Year, a week long exhibition/installation on view at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main Street. Unpacking the spectacle of this distinctive tradition, the installation will include objects, paper cutting, costumes, banners, calligraphy, instruments, audio and video installations to evoke the multi-sensory experience that is Lunar New Year as it is celebrated here in the Houston area.
We welcome you to stop by the exhibition from January 13-19; Monday – Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Make the most of your experience by joining our opening reception Thursday, January 14, 6 – 8 p.m. for food, drink, lion dancing and more!
Did you miss Observing the Feast Day of the Virgin de Guadalupe, the first installment of Winter Celebrations? Have a look at these photos from the opening reception: