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Pelham Art Center Celebrates Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Pelham Arts Center on Feb. 6.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Pelham Arts Center on Feb. 6. Photo Credit: Contributed

PELHAM, N.Y. – The Pelham Art Center will celebrate Chinese New Year on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Chinese New Year returns to the center for family-friendly activities to mark the beginning of the Year of the Monkey. There will be activities for all ages, starting with an art paper-cutting workshop from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

At 2:45 p.m., members of Kwan’s Kung Fu from Peekskill will perform a traditional lion dance. It is believed in Chinese culture that this dance is to scare away evil spirits and bring good luck.

The event is free and open to all ages as part of the Folk Arts Series.

The lion dance also includes an educational introduction of the dance and an interactive performance, followed by a question-and-answer period. The "lion" will interact with the crowd and make its way around the room. Children can feed red envelopes filled with whatever they’d like to feed to the lion if they wish to bring good luck into the new year.

Chinese New Year is a traditional holiday that starts with the new moon on the first day of the lunar new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. Each year is named for one of 12 symbolic animals: rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog and boar.

The Pelham Art Center is at 155 Fifth Ave. For more information, call 914-738-2525 or email info@pelhamartcenter.org.

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