January 22, 2013
The Penn Museum's popular Chinese New Year festival is back to usher in the Year of the Snake. (Photo courtesy the Penn Museum)
The Penn Museum’s annual Chinese New Year celebration is returning for its 32nd year. Welcome the Year of the Snake at the museum’s action-packed event on Saturday, February 2 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The daylong event will be both entertaining and educational. Attendees will learn about the Lunar New Year and how it is celebrated in Asia. Guests will also learn about Feng Shui and how to instill happiness and relaxation in their life and home through the ancient art of Feng Shui.
In addition to lectures and discussions, be sure to check out the grand finale at 3:45 p.m. – the grand finale lion dance. Lion dancers and drummers from Cheung’s Academy will ring in the New Year with this ancient Chinese dance. Legend has it that the dance brings good luck for the year ahead and pushes away evil, and you can never have too much good luck.
This celebration of Chinese culture is full of events for adults and children alike. There will be live performances, bilingual Chinese storytelling, calligraphy, Year of the Snake crafts, a Kung Fu demonstation and more. The full schedule of events is available here.
Chinese New Year Celebration at the Penn Museum
When: Saturday, February 2, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: Free with museum admission
More info: www.pennmuseum.org