New Haven Museum to Host Activities for Lunarfest (at Home)
New Haven Museum (NHM) will partner with the Yale-China Association for Lunarfest (at Home) 2021, celebrating the Year of the Ox. The event will offer virtual activities and programs throughout February that highlight four aspects of socially distant living: food, art, family, and wellbeing. All activities will be free and open to the public. Lunarfest promotes cross-cultural awareness and understanding by embracing community collaborations and is the largest celebration of Lunar New Year and Chinese culture in Connecticut.
NHM will host “Small Space Tai Chi” on February 13, 2021, from 2 to 3 p.m. Shifu Shirley Chock, owner of Aiping Tai Chi Center in Orange, Connecticut, will demonstrate a new Tai Chi form developed in China, Ba Fa Wu Bu (Eight Methods Five Steps), designed specifically for small spaces. Chock notes that if you can take two steps in each direction, you have enough space to practice this Tai Chi form. Register here
NHM is also offering small craft kits for parents and kids to celebrate Lunarfest (at Home). The kits include supplies to make masks, paper-cutting designs, and more. To register for a pick-up date and time (February 17 and 24) click here.
Other events include cooking demonstrations, interactive theater to address emotional wellness and family harmony; a skit on intergenerational empathy; demonstrations of calligraphy and painting; storytelling; shadow puppetry and much more. To view the full schedule or register for events visit the Yale China Lunarfest schedule.
Lunarfest (at Home) 2021 is sponsored by the Yale University Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Asian Network at Yale, Town Green, New Haven Museum, The Lawhorn Family, International Association of New Haven, Jane and William Curran Foundation, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Yale-China Association. The wellness toolkit is made possible by the Yale Community for New Haven Fund.
The Yale-China Association bridges American and Chinese cultures by creating lasting, transformative partnerships and experiences in education, health, and the arts. Founded in 1901 by graduates of Yale University, Yale-China believes in global citizens who have experienced daily life and language, friendships, professional cooperation and insights in a very different culture—as a way to discover commonality and respect for people who seem different from ourselves.
Photo (top): Shirley Chock
Photo (below): Khalil Quotap