Celebrate the Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year this year is falling on Feb. 3. It was originally celebrated at the end of the harvest, as a form of gratitude to the gods in hope for good crop in the following year.

2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. The characteristics of people born in the Year of the Rabbit (1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011) are articulate, talented, ambitious, affectionate, have lots of friends and will make a good lawyer, diplomat or actor.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is celebrating the Chinese New Year this Friday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 29. Here is a preview of the free celebration:

• Museum Cafe – Savory Chinese food from Bo-Ling’s restaurant.

• Rozzelle Court Restaurant – Asian-inspired cuisine.

• Chinese Galleries – An artist, a calligrapher, a musician and two board-game playing scholars help you explore the Chinese collection.

• Calligraphy – Bloch Lobby

Friday:

Shaolin Lohan Pai Lion Dance Troupe

6 & 7:30 p.m. | Kirkwood Hall

One of the top 10 Lion Dance troupes in the nation adds drama and pageantry.

Traditional Music

5 & 6:30 p.m.

Musicians from the Kansas City Music Ensemble perform and answer questions about their instruments.

Chinese Yo-Yo

5:30, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Volunteers from the Chinese School of Greater Kansas City demonstrate their amazing Chinese Yo-Yo skills.

Saturday:

Children’s Dance Performance

Noon-1:30 p.m.

A performance by Lily Zhang Li Taylor and her students with beautiful costumes and regional Chinese traditions.

sashlock@unews.com

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