Tuesday, Feb. 5, marks the beginning of the two-week Chinese, or Lunar, New Year, named for one of 12 symbolic animals that include the rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster and dog. This year belongs to the 12th, the pig. People born in the Year of the Pig have a lust for life. They’re also realistic, decisive and not averse to power and status. (In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth.)
Once again the Pelham Art Center is a focal point for local celebrations, this year on Sunday, Feb. 10. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., members of Kwan’s Kung Fu will perform a traditional Lion Dance, believed to scare away evil spirits and bring good luck. During the performance, the giant lion, led by drum rhythms, makes its way around the room, interacting with the crowd. Children can feed the lion red envelopes filled with written wishes for good luck in the New Year. The performance includes an educational and historical introduction to the dance and is followed by a question-and-answer period.
Around 2:30 p.m. there will be two workshops highlighting New Year’s crafts designed to bring good luck and prosperity.
The center is at 155 Fifth Ave. in Pelham. Admission is free.
For more, call 914-738-2525 or visit pelhamartcenter.org.
– By Georgette Gouveia