CelebrASIA NYC is a collaboration among leading cultural institutions in New York City designed to introduce children to Asian festivals and themes.
New York public schools will observe the Lunar New Year for the first time this February, and families can join CelebrASIA NYC programs to learn more about Asia’s diverse New Year festivals and themes.
From January–March 2016, CelebrASIA will mark Asian New Year with a host of hands-on workshops and programs for families at some of New York City’s leading cultural institutions: Asia Society, China Institute, Flushing Town Hall, Japan Society, The Korea Society, Museum of Chinese in America, and the Rubin Museum of Art.
Nearly 15 percent of New York City public school students are of Asian descent, and in 2016, the CelebrASIA collaboration will celebrate its sixth year of introducing children across the city to Asian festivals and themes.
The full list of programs is below, and families can learn more about CelebrASIA and stay up-to-date on news and activities city-wide by visiting the official website, www.celebrasia.org (to be updated with 2016 programs in the coming weeks). Join the conversation online using #CelebrAsia16 or on the CelebrASIA Facebook page
SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2016
New Year’s Celebration: Oshogatsu
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 1:30 or 2:30 PM (session is chosen at time of ticket purchase). 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. Tickets: $18/$10 Japan Society & corporate members; children ages 2 and under FREE. Price includes festival (1–4 PM) and one taiko drumming session at either 1:30 or 2:30 PM.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2016
THE KOREA SOCIETY
Family Day: Korean New Year
Celebrate Sollal, 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. Try Korean brush painting, make a tasty treat, play traditional games, and participate in arts and crafts projects. Tickets: Members $25 per family of 3-5 ($5 each additional family members); $10 individuals; Non-members: $30 per family ($5 each additional family members); $15 individuals.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2016
RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART
Losar Family Day: Celebrate the Year of the Fire Monkey
Spend the Lunar New Year with family and friends at the Rubin. The afternoon of art, crafts, and music will celebrate Losar, the Himalayan New Year. Learn about traditional celebrations, go on a family tour of the galleries, enjoy music from the region, and make auspicious crafts to take home. Tickets: Children: $10; Adults: Free with the price of admission; Children under 1: Free; Cool Culture Members: Free.
Moon Over Manhattan: Celebrate the Lunar New Year!
Asia Society rings in the Year of the Monkey with performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia. Activities will include a Lion Dance and kung fu demonstration, musical performances, and more. Tickets: $5 students, seniors, children; $7 members (Dual Family members FREE); $12 nonmembers. Tickets available the day of event.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2016
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Chinese New Year, Year of the Monkey
Kick off the Year of the Monkey with a free lion dance and kung fu demonstration in front of our new space at 100 Washington Street. Following the lion dance, join us inside China Institute for traditional food and New Year-themed workshops and activities including dumpling making, paper cutting, and a special Year of the Monkey craft. Tickets: General admission FREE. Workshop admission: $10 adult members, $5 child members; $15 adult non-members; $5 child non-members.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2016
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1-5 p.m. MUSEUM OF CHINESE IN AMERICA
Lunar New Year Family Festival
Go bananas this New Year at MOCA! Celebrate Chinese and Chinese American traditions and folk arts with zodiac themed arts and crafts, festive music and dance performances, teaching artist demonstrations, storytelling, and much more monkey business! Enjoy other New Year and exhibition themed family workshops every first and third Saturday, and decode the Chinese almanac’s predictions for the Year of the Monkey on Saturday, January 30! Tickets: $10/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.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2016
FLUSHING TOWN HALL
Calligraphy on Chinese Silk Fans
Welcome the Year of the Monkey with a calligraphy workshop led by Asian arts specialist Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou. Learn basic calligraphy to write your new year’s wishes. Participants will begin by writing on paper and then write their messages of good fortune on Chinese silk fans. Every time you wave your fan you’ll be spreading your positive message into the New Year! Tickets: Adults $10; members and children $8 (materials included).
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2016
FLUSHING TOWN HALL
Monkey Mask Decorating Workshop
In this creative and engaging workshop, children will discover the beauty of Korean culture while crafting and dancing. After a brief introduction about Tal (Korean traditional mask) Dance, children make their own Monkey Tal to celebrate the Year of the Monkey and learn Tal Dance moves. This workshop will stimulate your child’s eye-hand coordination, movement skills, and most importantly, curiosity about new cultures. Tickets: Adults $10; members and children $8 (materials included).
SATURDAY, MARCH 12
Spring into Nowruz: Celebrate the Persian New Year!
Nowruz, the Persian New Year, marks the beginning of spring. Discover the spirit of Nowruz with traditional music, dance and crafts from Central Asia and Iran. Co-presented by Pardis for Children Tickets: $5 students, seniors, children; $7 members (Dual Family members FREE); $12 nonmembers. Tickets available the day of event.