Lunar New Year
Ring in the Year of the Pig at the Annual Lunar New Year Celebration.
Landmark On Main Street presents a day of cultural activities, with food and free crafts in the gym followed by a free afternoon performance in the Jeanne Rimsky Theater.
Lunar New Year is a major holiday for Chinese communities around the world and has significantly influenced the Lunar New Year celebrations of its geographic neighbors. Known in modern Chinese as the “Spring Festival,” the New Year festival is based on centuries-old myths and traditions. In 2019 we celebrate the Year of the Pig.
- 11 am to 3:00 pm – Doctors’ Gym (basement of Landmark building) – Authentic Chinese food and crafts all in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Craft participation is free. Food for purchase only. Food & crafts provided by 9p Art, Crafts & Food Catering Group. All proceeds benefit Landmark on Main Street.
- 2:45 pm – Students from the Chinese Center’s Lion Troupe close out the gym festivities with a Lion Dance.
- 3:30 pm – Jeanne Rimsky Theater (doors open at 3:00)
Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of New York presents “RED”. Red is the traditional Chinese color. It is the color of happiness, and the signature color of Lunar New Year. Through festive live music, ribbon dance and narration, this program tells the story of how the Chinese celebrate Lunar New Year.
About Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of New York
Founded in 1999, the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of New York is dedicated to the preservation, creation and presentation of Chinese traditional and contemporary performing arts. Named after an ancient piece of folk music, “Ba Ban” literally means “Eight Beats” which is the structural basis for the grouping of notes in traditional Chinese music. The ensemble includes highly accomplished artists who graduated from the top conservatories in China and have performed in concert halls around the world.
The ensemble performs on silk and bamboo instruments: a classical instrumental grouping dating from the Qing dynasty (1636-1912) that includes various dizi (bamboo flutes), sheng (mouth organ), pipa (lute), qin (seven-stringed zither), ruan (alto lute), huqin (fiddles) and yangqin (dulcimer). In 2015, the group was recognized by the New York City Council for exemplary cultural service to the community.