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ONLINE Lunar New Year Family Festival!

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  • Feb. 11, 2021 through Feb. 19, 2021, See website for schedule
  • Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
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  • All Ages
  • FREE
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Have you herd? It’s almost time to usher in the Year of the Ox! Celebrate with over a week of free virtual festivities for the whole family.

Thursday, MOCAKIDS Storytime at Home: Lunar New Year Legends- Xin Nian Kuai Le! It’s time to celebrate Lunar New Year with the special tradition of telling stories. Join MOCA for two famous New Year legends: the story of the Great Race and the tale of the Nian Monster. You’ll also sing some songs and make a craft together. Don’t forget to wear something red and bring something noisy to scare away the Nian Monster! Advanced registration required for Zoom or watch on Facebook.

Friday: MOCAKIDS Author Meet & Greet: Michele Wong McSween-  Join Gordon, Li Li, and local author Michele Wong McSween for a special Mandarin lesson featuring all your favorite zodiac animals and more. Michele will teach English and Mandarin words from her bilingual book, Gordon & Li Li Celebrate Chinese New Year, where Gordon & Li Li learn about good luck foods, special greetings for a happy and prosperous New Year, and more! A special Year of the Ox bookmark craft will follow the reading! Best for children ages 3-5. Older and younger siblings welcome! MOCAKIDS Author Meet & Greets are free to the public. Advanced registration required for Zoom program or watch on Facebook.

Monday: Lunar New Year Family Festival Lion Dance Welcome- Sing along to No-No Boy’s “Cup of Noodles,” a song about preparing for the new year and practicing lion dance! Then, summon a year of good luck by watching a dazzling Southern lion dance performed by the United East Athletic Association at MOCA”s 2020 Lunar New Year Family Festival. Move to the rhythm of the drumbeat and learn just what it takes to be the head and tail of the lion! See website for performance. 

Tuesday: MOCAKIDS: La Mian for Longevity with Noodle Puller Peter Looi- Noodles have a long history in many cultures, but the world’s oldest noodles were found in China, over 4,000 years ago! Noodles symbolize long life during the New Year. Watch and learn from expert noodle puller Peter Looi as he demonstrates the art of pulling long life noodles, an especially auspicious New Year’s tradition. The program will be followed by a Q & A. Best for children ages 8-12. Older and younger siblings welcome! Advanced registration required for Zoom program or watch on Facebook.

Wednesday: MOCAKIDS: Sugar Paint a Sweet New Year with Ms. Yan- Join Ms. Yan for an introduction to the sweet art of sugar painting, a delicious traditional Chinese folk art popular amongst street artists in northern China. Watch as Ms. Yan uses hot, liquid sugar and speedy brushstrokes to create popular New Year’s animals, all before the sugar cools and hardens. Watch on the museum website.

Thursday: MOCAKIDS Author Meet & Greet: Oliver Chin- Join Mei, Olivia the Ox, and author Oliver Chin for an exciting tale from the Chinese zodiac. Enjoy Olivia’s sensational adventure, as she grows up to discover her true character. A special Year of the Ox zodiac craft will follow the reading. Best for children ages 4-6. Older and younger siblings welcome! Register in advance for the Zoom program or watch on Facebook.

Friday: MOCACREATE at Home: Let’s Get Loud! Nian Monster Noisemakers- Legend has it that the Nian monster emerges the night before every Lunar New Year to frighten villagers and devour their food. Join MOCA educator Nicole for a thrilling retelling of the Legend of Nian. Then, follow along with MOCA educator Taylor as you learn how transform ordinary household items into festive rattle drums that you can use to scare away the Nian monster until next year. Watch on the museum website. 


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