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Happy Lunar New Year! That’s today, Jan. 31 – the beginning of the Year of the Horse. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the Lunar New Year.
Here’s where (and how) you can celebrate in Dallas:
Today: The glow of the Chinese Lantern Festival continues to shine at Fair Park, in Dallas, Texas, until Feb. 17. While many holiday lights have dimmed elsewhere, the Chinese Lantern Festival burns bright. Come let the lanterns’ winter glow Light a New Year’s Dream! Learn how ancient Chinese celebrated, and why goldfish are a new year’s symbol. As we move from the Year of the Snake to the Year of the Horse, greet these noble animals in lantern form—part of a complete gallery of the characters of the Chinese zodiac. Then, read your 2014 horoscope, and see which animal is your best match—all done lantern style!
Saturday, Feb. 1: Say goodbye to the Year of the Snake and celebrate the Year of the Horse at the Crow Collection’s signature Chinese New Year festival. With a crowd expected to surpass last year’s record-breaking 10,000 guests, this horse-themed extravaganza expands the festival’s footprint across Flora with an elevated stage area featuring must-see performances every half hour, expanded food and beverage offerings including food trucks down Harwood Street, and over a dozen specialty booths featuring art activities, delightful surprises such as a fortune-telling Truth Booth, and live miniature horses.
Saturday, Feb. 1: Every first Saturday of the month, 12-1 p.m. Join Robin and Erica for a writing activity celebrating the Chinese Zodiac and the Year of the Horse! This event is free and open to the public. Join Writers in Neighborhoods & Schools (WINS) at the Crow Collection of Asian Art every first Saturday of the month for Adventure Asia Family Days, a family/community program which uses poetry and flash fiction to explore and interpret current exhibits.
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2:30 p.m.: Head to the Alexander Clark Center for this free event. Celebrate the year of the horse with cultural performances and demonstrations of regional customs and traditions. Song, dance and musical performances will be given by students.
Saturday, Feb. 8: Gung hay fat choy! Come celebrate the Year of the Horse with alumni and friends of Stanford, Kellogg/ Northwestern, Tsinghua and Harvard universities at the 4th annual eight-course Chinese New Year Banquet. Last year over 150 people attended, so don’t miss out. Nelson Hsu, Stanford ’91, Kellogg ’99, will share insights on Chinese food and New Year’s customs, i.e. Why do Chinese people give out red envelopes? Why is everything red? Special Chinese New Year prizes will be given out.
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