Philadelphia celebrates Chinese New Year

January 19, 2014 by  

This coming year is the Chinese Year of the Horse, and two events are planned in the Philadelphia area to celebrate the occasion.

The first will be the Chinese New Year Celebration at the Penn Museum in January. Visitors can take part in a variety of activities including a calligraphy workshop, Yang Tai Chi and Falun Gong displays, art demonstrations and a basic Chinese language lesson. They can also enjoy music performed on the erhu and the yangchin. A gallery talk about the museum’s Tang Horses will teach some history and appreciation of the culture. There will also be an art marketplace which will no doubt feature many related items for sale.

The next one is taking place early on February in Media. The day will begin with a parade on State Street which will finish off in front of Margaret Kuo’s. Lion dancers from the Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy will also be performing.

Both events should help to kick off the New Year. Since they are spread out it would be entirely possible to attend the events in Philadelphia and Media. Both are no doubt being widely advertised. This may include flyers which have been supplied by local print companies.

The Penn Museum celebration is taking place on January 25 from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for children between the ages of 6 and 17; those who can prove they were born in the year of the horse will be admitted for free.

The Media Chinese New Year Celebration will be held on February 1 beginning at 11:15 AM.