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Oakland Museum of California Welcomes Year of the Rooster with Annual Lunar New Year Celebration

(OAKLAND, CA) January 13, 2017—The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) rings in the Year of the Rooster with a day of Asian New Year traditions on Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 12 to 4:30 pm. Featuring activities for the entire family, the 16th annual event celebrates the many time-honored traditions of diverse Asian cultures represented in California, including Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Mongolian and other Asian cultures with an array of arts, crafts, food, demonstrations, live music, dance, martial arts, and more.

The day’s performances and activities include: students from the Developing Virtue Secondary School performing traditional lucky lion and dragon dances; performances by the Dharma Realm Chinese Orchestra; a Japanese Taiko drumming performance by Jiten Daiko; Vietnamese folk dance and martial arts demonstrations by Vovinam America; Chinese tea tasting; fortune telling with the School of Yimutology; and a 24-Festival Drums performance highlighting Malaysian traditions. In addition, the day’s events will feature Korean drumming, magic shows by the Magic of Jade and Goofball, and K-pop dance.

Demonstrations include a tea ceremony with Fabula Tea, Vietnamese spring rolls making, an opportunity to make Tibetan prayer flags with a master Tibetan Thangka painter, and a demonstration of Bok Junomi (Korean lucky money bag-making). Additional hands-on activities for kids include calligraphy, face painting, art workshops, Lunar New Year story time with author Oliver Chin, storytelling with Nan Zhou from DEAF Media, and the Little Explorers Petting Zoo.

All activities are included with Museum admission. Visitors can purchase food from Asian-influenced menu from Blue Oak café. Full program details can be found at


WHAT: OMCA’s Lunar New Year & Other Asian Traditions Celebration, a fun, culture-filled family day celebrating the Year of the Rooster

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 12, 12–4:30 pm

WHERE: Oakland Museum of California at 1000 Oak Street in Oakland, CA

COST: Included with regular Museum admission

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history, and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA’s groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California’s cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic, and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) is at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th Street, in Oakland. Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for Members and children 8 and under. There is a $4 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions. OMCA offers onsite underground parking and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the 1000 Oak Street main entrance to the Museum.


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