Celebrate the Chinese New Year
One of the perks of living in a city as diverse as Houston is that you can enjoy a variety of experiences. From food, art, fashion and music, our city loves to host a celebration, especially when it comes to marking international events. The Lunar New Year, a traditional Chinese holiday, is celebrated in a variety of ways across Houston. Here are some of the top events that celebrate the Year of the Dog in the Chinese New Year.
Lunar New Year Festival at the Chinese Community Center
Houston’s Chinese Community Center, located at 9800 Town Park Dr. in Houston, is also an organization that offers Houstonians an immersive introduction into the diverse Asian community, will host its 2018 Lunar New Year Festival on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last year, more than 12,000 visitors attended the festival and enjoyed an Asian bazaar set up with varieties of Asian foods, arts, crafts and cultural activities
From traditional performances by Polynesian dancers and a magical face-changing Chinese Opera, to an unconventional mariachi band performing Chinese songs, there are numerous ways to be entertained and educated as this event. This is one of the largest cultural festivals in Houston, so there’s a lot to see. But be sure to check out the calligraphy and origami demonstrations and indulge in some authentic Chinese street food. There is no admission and free parking for this event.
Family Day: Lunar New Year at the Asia Society Texas Center
Welcome the Year of the Dog with performances, art, activities and food inspired by the Asian traditions of the Lunar New Year. The Asia Society Texas Center is an educational organization providing enrichment and engagement through relevant and innovative art and cultural programs and community outreach efforts. Their Family Day: Lunar New Year takes place Saturday, Feb. 17, from noon until 4 p.m. at 1370 Southmore Blvd. in Houston.
There are free activities hosted by the Huaxing Arts Group and Korean American Society of Houston. This includes Chinese Calligraphy, where you can receive your name or a simple phrase written beautifully in Chinese characters; Chinese Handkerchief Dance Demonstrations; Chinese Paper Cutting and Red Envelopes, where you can learn traditional Chinese patterns and make envelopes to give as gifts during the New Year; and a Dog Mask and Hat Making Activity, which is a fun activity to celebrate the year of the dog.
Other activities include making Japanese kimono greeting cards and Korean Shield Kites, playing the traditional Korean Yutnori Game and designing decorations for the Mongolian Tsagaan Sar Camel. Admission to the Wondrous Worlds and Zheng Chongbin exhibitions is also free.
Culture of China: Huaxing Presents Performing Arts of China
See a collection of Chinese music and dance ranging from modern interpretations of traditional tunes to classic folk dances. With performances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., you will see a variety of performers and dance styles, including a Dai peacock dance, a Tibetan drum dance and a sand painting performance. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members.