Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions: Year of the Horse

Sunday, February 9, 2014, 12–4:30 pm
Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 12:00pm

Don’t miss this favorite annual festival, as the Year of the Horse gallops into OMCA with an array of Asian traditions in arts, crafts, food, demonstrations, live music, dance, family activities, and so much more. Elements of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Tibetan and other Asian cultures will be featured in the daylong celebration, including performances such as lion & dragon dances, acrobats, music, dance, magic show, martial arts, storytelling and cooking demonstrations for kids. Try your hand at traditional crafts to take home.

Programs and Events (Rain or shine!)

  • Opening lion dance and closing dragon dance with students from the Developing Virtue Secondary School.
  • Acrobatics performed by ‘The Happy Chef,’ Xia Kemin, known for his comedy/plate-spinning act, and joined by his students performing contortionist tricks
  • Vovinam martial arts demonstration and Vietnamese Cultural dance by Vovinam America
  • K-Pop dance performed by Korean Performance Group from UC Berkeley
  • Traditional Chinese music performed by Dharma Realm Chinese Orchestra
  • Story-time featuring The Year of the Horse: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac with author Oliver Chin
  • Tibetan prayer flag-making (In honor of Losar, Tibetan New Year) with Thangka painting artist Jamyong Singye
  • Ikebana arrangement demonstration by Mary Venkat, Yvonne Ahoy-Stohlman, Hiromi Nomura, Michiko Shimoda
  • Bojagi Wrapping Cloths: The Art of Korean Stitching, exploring traditional and contemporary Korean stitching and quilting with Youngmin Lee
  • Chinese Opera face makeup with opera artists Yuan Yuan Huang and Helen Chou
  • Japanese handmade dolls with Mikio Sakuma
  • Japanese folktales with Storyteller Megumi
  • Magic show by The Magic of Chin-Chin
  • Taiko drumming performance by Jiten Daiko
  • Bhangra dance performed by Duniya Dance and Drum Company
  • Henna art with Rachel Anne Palacios
  • Melody of China, playing a wide-ranging repertoire of traditional music from China
  • …and more!

Download the full schedule of events (PDF).

All activities included with Museum admission.

Limited event parking is available at the Museum for a $5 flat fee all day. Additional parking is available at the Alco Parking Garage located at 165 13th Street at Jackson Street.

View directions to the Museum by car or public transportation.

OMCA Family is made possible by generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.