Happy Year of the Ox! 牛年大吉！
Rejoice and Renew 庆祝与恢复
Yale-China’s Lunarfest (@ Home)
Celebrate the Year of the Ox Online All Month
LUNARFEST is the largest celebration of Lunar New Year and Chinese culture in Connecticut and promotes cross-cultural awareness and understanding. This year’s Year of the Ox festival presents virtual, asynchronous activities and performances from Friday, February 12, through Friday, February 26, 2021, marking the beginning and end of the Lunar New Year period.
Online Attendees will explore four aspects of socially distant living: food, art, family, and wellbeing.
FOOD – Ivy Wok will provide cooking demos and attendees may also purchase authentic Chinese family meals from the restaurant. Make your own festive dinner with the Lunarfest Cookbook, edited by Lauren Clorite, for a variety of favorite recipes that can be made at home to celebrate with interviews with Chef Lucas Sin of Junzi Kitchen, Chef Dave Kuzma of the Yale School of Management, and Hu Ping, owner of Taste of China.
ART – Join Eli Whitney Museum, New Haven Museum, and the New Haven Free Public Library for take-home arts and crafts kits. See Exhibits including an online Art of Stephen Lowe exhibit, photo essays showing perspectives of Chinese and Hong Kong family gatherings with the Ely Center of Contemporary Art, and window displays by Kimberly Van Aelst on Chapel Street in collaboration with the Town Green. Don’t miss celebratory musical performances by Celadon Orchestra and the Wu Dang Kung Fu Academy. And a performance by Steinway Artist Hsing-ay Hsu of “The Joy of Harvest 庆丰收.”
FAMILY ACTIVITIES – Enjoy a self-guided intergenerational storytelling experience about the importance of family, presented in collaboration with the Yale Center for British Art. There’s family fun with Yale Police Department’s Chinese New Year trivia and our very own Emily Chew’s BINGO – winners of each round receive an Eli Whitney Museum shadow puppet construction kit. Be sure to get your hands on a Lunar New Year e-postcard to send to family and friends to wish them double luck this Lunar New Year season. Festive Zoom backgrounds also available. Storytime will be read live with the Guilford Free Library, New Haven Free Public Library (Chinese, English, Spanish), and the New Haven Symphony.
WELLBEING –This Lunar New Year, you may create your own self-care plan with bilingual informational cards presented with Being Well at Yale, ECA visual artists, and Yale Community for New Haven Fund. Additionally, Hong Kong Body Movement and Aiping Tai Chi will showcase morning and evening exercises to practice mindfulness. A comic series will feature conversations about wellbeing and intercultural and intergenerational empathy.
See Lunarfest Program Schedule Details at: www.yalechina.org/lunarfest