Chinese New Year 2012 falls on January 23, 2012, the day of the second new moon after the Winter Solstice. This year we are celebrating the “Year of the Dragon!” Chinatowns all over the world sparkle, shine and pop during Chinese New Year.
Many people celebrate by eating special foods that symbolize good fortune, some give out money packets with gold symbols and filled with “lucky money,” decorate in red (a lucky color), and spend time with family and watching parades. One thing you should not do on the Chinese New Year (and a few days after) is to clean your house, you might sweep away your good fortune.
How can you celebrate this wonderful event here in Rhode Island? Here are a few ideas of things you can check out in the area.
Shen Yun – Providence, RI
January 19, 2012
Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street
Inspired by the spirit of an ancient culture, Shen Yun Performing Arts brings to life classical Chinese dance and music in a gloriously colorful and exhilarating show. Its masterful choreography and graceful routines range from grand classical processions to ethnic and folk dances, with gorgeously costumed dancers moving in stunning synchronized patterns.
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $125, $100, $90, $70, $50
Information and tickets: 401-421-2787 or visit http://ppacri.org
Chinese New Year Celebration -- West Hartford, CT
January 21, 2012
The Children’s Museum, 950 Trout Brook Drive
West Hartford, CT
Come celebrate the Year of the Dragon at The Children’s Museum. Learn about the Lunar Calendar and Moon phases. Enjoy traditional food, stories, and crafts. If the weather is clear, we will observe Venus and Jupiter through our telescopes. Pre-registration is recommended.
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Admission: $6 per person.
Information and registration: 860-231-2830 ext. 44 or visit http://thechildrensmuseumct.org/little_eyes_skies.php
2012 URI Chinese New Year Celebration
Friday, Jan 27 5:00p
at Multicultural Center, Kingston, RI
Chinese New Year Celebration
Saturday, Jan 28 10:30a to 3:00p
at Tolman High School, Pawtucket, RI
Hosted by the Rhode Island Association of Chinese Americans, University of Rhode Island and Bryant University, the Year of Dragon Chinese New Year Celebration will be held on Jan. 28 at Tolman High School in Pawtucket. The celebration will feature performances by the Wenqin Art Troupe of Zhejiang University of China and local groups. Free admissions. Lunch available at $5 per box. Plenty of public parking nearby.
Chinese New Year Celebration" "Year of the Dragon"
Saturday, Feb 4 2:00p to 5:00p
at Bryant University-Multipurpose Activities Center (MAC), Smithfield, RI
Phone: (401) 232-6884
Age Suitability: All Ages
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University’s award-winning dragon dance team will help welcome the Year of the Dragon at a Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 2-5 p.m.
The free event also will include singers, dancers and martial artists from China University of Geosciences in Wuhan; pipa player Yang Wei of the Silk Road Ensemble; and students from Bryant and area Confucius Classrooms.
It’s nice that there are a variety of events to choose from here in Rhode Island. There are available celebrations for people to attend and for some that don’t normally celebrate this event they can educate themselves about the Chinese culture. Rhode Island is a melting pot of so many cultures so there are wonderful opportunities throughout the State all year long. Enjoy the Chinese New Year events! Happy New Year and wishes of good fortune to you all!