For Kids & Families, Weekend Festivals

Lunar New Year


Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 10am - 4pm

Location: Peabody Essex Museum

Lunar New Year

Join us as we celebrate the Year of the Horse, with traditional lion dances, a film set in Boston's Chinatown, sword play, traditional crafts and more!


10 am-4 pm

Lion Head Color Painting

Be inspired to create your own lion head mask after watching one of the dances.


Red Envelope Lanterns
10 am-4 pm | Create Space

Red envelopes, given away at the Chinese New Year and other celebrations, are traditionally filled with money to ensure good luck in the year to come. Use them to create a symbolic red lantern to take home.


10:30-11 am

Cubs Lion Dance

The Cubs, dancers ages 6 to 9, demonstrate the strength, skill and coordination required to perform the lion dance.


11-11:30 am

Lion Dance

Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion Dance Troupe performs this traditional dance to ward off evil for the coming year. After the show, talk to the performers and see their costumes up close.


11:30 am and 2 pm

Chinese Dulcimer Guzheng Youth Band
Morse Auditorium
Tickets available day of program

Join us for two 40-minute performances by young musicians who have mastered ancient Chinese instruments.


Noon-12:45 pm

Make a Move | breakdancing
East India Marine Hall

2:15-3 pm

sword play
East India Marine Hall

Join Martin Lee, from Freestyle Motions, in two workshops. The first combines key elements from martial arts and breakdancing and the second introduces the basics of sword play.


1 pm

Diabolo, Drumming and Folk Dances

The Chinese Folk Art Workshop presents traditional dances for the New Year. Also, listen to drumming and see tricks with the diabolo.


1-3 pm

Up Close with Silk

Drop by the exhibition Fish, Silk, Tea, Bamboo: Cultivating an Image of China to explore the hidden symbols in a silk robe.


3 pm

Freckled Rice
Morse Auditorium | Suggested for ages 13 and up
Tickets available day of program

This beautiful and bittersweet look at Boston's Chinatown during the Kennedy years centers on Joe Soo, a 13-year-old boy coming to terms with his Chinese-American identity. 1983. 48 minutes. Directed by Steven C. Ning. In English and Cantonese with English subtitles.


Made possible by the Lowell Institute



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