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Lunar New Year
February 5 - February 6
Saturday, February 5 & Sunday, February 6
The Lunar New Year, also referred to as the Spring Festival, has long been celebrated for centuries. Join us as we celebrate and honor this special day with bright colors, music, art, and stories.
Play Purpose: Concept development – color recognition and identification, physical development, social-emotional, language development, writing practice, and cultural learning.
Special Kishin Daiko Drum Performance in the Traveling Exhibit (Sat 2/5 @ 11 AM only): This rhythmic performance by the Kishin Daiko Drummers from the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center will include Japanese percussive-style drumming that embodies the translation of Kishin which is energy, spirit, and heart. Kishin Daiko’s music consists of traditional and adaptations of traditional Japanese taiko pieces, along with original compositions by contemporary musicians and Kishin members.
Special Ane Thanh Lion Dance Performance in the Traveling Exhibit (Sat 2/5 @ 2:30 PM, Sunday 2/6 @ 3 PM & 4 PM): This transfixing performance by Ane Thanh Lion Dance will include a live instrumental troupe with a lion dance drum, gong, and cymbals, featuring acrobatic feats and loin games! Be sure to stay for pictures with the lion!
Smart Art (on-going):
- Money Matters > Using the traditional colors of this holiday, red and gold, we’re providing the materials and tools needed to create your very own Red Envelope, perfect for putting all those hard-earned Pretend City Dollars in.
- Dancing Dragons > A communal creation, each artist will add their own pieces to the greater whole as we work together to make our very own Lunar New Year Dragon.
- Chopsticks & Stones > A sensory exploration of traditional Chinese foods, textures, and tools.
Sensational Story Time in Orange Plaza: My First Chinese New Year > Chinese New Year is a time of new beginnings. Follow one little girl as she learns how to welcome the coming year and experience all the festivities surrounding it. This warm and lively introduction to a special holiday will make even the youngest child want to start a Chinese New Year tradition!
Tales in The Library: Dragon Dance, a Chinese New Year Flip Blooks > It’s Lunar New Year and there are so many fun things to do! Shopping at the outdoor market for fresh flowers, eating New Year’s dinner with the whole family, receiving red envelopes from Grandma and Grandpa, and best of all-watching the spectacular Lunar New Year’s parade!
Grown-up Tip: By exploring different types of foods, grownups can begin conversations about various traditions and provoke interests in new cultures, places, and people. This appreciation for diversity will benefit your child as they begin school with children from all walks of life.
RSVP: Not required
Fee: Included with admission
Saturday Play Partner: Since the group’s establishment at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center in June of 1981, Kishin Daiko has continued to entertain, educate and enlighten audiences with the dynamic, powerful and heart stopping sounds of taiko (Japanese percussive-style drumming).
Kishin devotes itself to sharing Japanese and Japanese American culture by holding workshops and classes and performing all over Southern California and beyond. Some of their performance highlights include: World Cup Soccer Celebration at Universal Studios, The Super Bowl XXXII Pre-game, the Clippers game half time, Knott’s Scary Farm Maze Reveal, Video Music Awards, and Special Olympics torch run ceremony.
Kishin strives to promote community harmony through the group’s uniquely engaging and diverse expression of taiko music. We hope you enjoy this performance.