Released January 16, 2008
Salem, Mass.-The Peabody Essex Museum rings in the Lunar New Year on Saturday, February 16, with an exciting variety of programs highlighting art and culture from China. The festivities mark the fifth year that PEM has celebrated the annual holiday with family-friendly programs and activities.
Several Asian countries observe Lunar New Year, which falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. The Year of the Rat begins February 7th and is marked with festivals and celebrations in China and many other Asian nations, including Korea, Mongolia, Nepal, Bhutan and Vietnam. Those born in the Year of the Rat, the first sign in the Chinese zodiac, are regarded as hardworking, charming and ambitious.
PEM is pleased to honor the New Year in partnership with the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association (GBCCA) in presenting a day of performances and activities for the whole family. All listed activities take place at the Peabody Essex Museum.
All programs are included with museum admission and are made possible by the Lowell Institute.
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008
PERFORMANCE: Lion Dance
11:30 am and 3:30 pm, Atrium
To mark the beginning of the New Year, GBCCA performs a lion dance.
FAMILY ART ACTIVITIES
Noon-4 pm, Art Studios
Participants of all ages learn about the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac and celebrate the New Year with art projects.
DEMONSTRATION AND WORKSHOP: Mah-jongg1 pm-4 pm, Bartlett Gallery
Experienced players from the GBCCA share their skills and enthusiasm for this traditional Chinese game with 144 colorful tiles.
PERFORMANCE: Melody Dance Troupe
1:30 pm, Atrium
GBCCA members present a range of traditional Chinese dances, including one that is performed in the style of Chinese opera.
FILM: Mah-Jongg: The Tiles That Bind
1998, 32 minutes
Directed by Phyllis Heller and Bari Pearlman
4:15 pm, Morse Auditorium
In this heartwarming documentary, the directors explore how a centuries-old Chinese board game can act as a bridge between generations, continents and cultures. Specifically, Mah-Jongg examines the cross-cultural influence that it has on both Chinese-Americans and Jewish-American women.