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January 18, 2016
Lunar New Year at the Asian Art Museum

Lunar New Year at the Asian Art Museum

The Lunar New Year is an annual event and will be back next year! Check out the Asian Art Museum for current events.

Ring in the Year of the Monkey with a festive program of music, dance, storytelling, art activities and more at the Asian Art Museum.

In some cultures, Lunar New Year is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. You can join in on the festivities by enjoying the popular anuual celebration at the Asian Art Museum on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016.

Events will include traditional and modern music performances, as well as dances presented by students from the Chinese American International School and the China Dance School and Theatre. The students will share a playful, self-arranged version of the lion dance, which is belived to scare away evil spirits and ensure a bright begininng to the year.

Children's book author Oliver Chin will read stories about Chinese zodiac animals and their characteristics, inviting audiences to reflect on their own personalities. Visitors can have their names written in Chinese calligraphy and make a Lunar New Year-inspired art project developed and led by the museum's Art Speak interns.

The exact date of Lunar New Year is calculated according to the lunar calendar, which is synchronized to lunar cycles. Each Lunar New Year corresponds to an animal in a cycle of 12. In 2016 the Year of the Monkey starts on Monday, Feb. 8. More information about Lunar New Year traditions can be found on the museum's website or by calling the msueum at 415-581-3500.

All Lunar New Year events are free with museum admission and kids 12 and under always get in free, as do San Francisco Unified School District students. Museum admission can be purchased onsite or online at AsianArt.org.

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