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Family Day: Lunar New Year Celebration

(Jeff Fantich)

Lunar New Year is often thought of as a strictly Chinese holiday, but it’s celebrated in many Asian countries. 2017 is the Year of the Rooster, thought of as a self-assured, ambitious, and hard-working animal in the zodiac. Join us in exploring the customs and cultures of East Asia with performances, art activities, games, storytelling, and a look at the new exhibition, Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art.

Admission to Family Day is FREE. A ticketed performance by Huaxing Arts Group complements the day's activities and is free for Asia Society Members, $5 for Nonmembers. To reserve your ticket, please be sure to choose the appropriate option on the Family Day registration page.

Family Day is in conjunction with the FREE Lunar New Year Celebration at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 11:00 am–2:00 pm, in the Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main Street. MFAH's family festival will feature art-making, special tours, performances, and more!


Games & Activities

Activities take place 1-4 pm in the Education Center unless otherwise stated. Please check back for updates to our schedule.

Chinese Paper Cutting and Red Envelopes
Presented by Orienetal Arts Education Center
Learn to cut traditional Chinese patterns and designs and make envelopes that are given as gifts during the New Year.

Design banners featuring this year's zodiac sign, the Rooster.

Kimono Greeting Cards
Fold a paper kimono and attach it to a card to send for the New Year.

Korean-Style Paper Fans
Create and decorate a Korean-style paper fan.

Storytelling: Animals of the Zodiac
2:00 and 3:00 pm
Hear a retelling of the story about the 12 zodiac animals.

Vietnamese Peach Blossom Collages
Construct a collage celebrating peach blossoms, flowers that are synonymous with the Lunar New Year in northern Vietnam.

Games: Spinning Tops and Yutnori

Learn how to use a string to spin these fun toys popular in East Asia, then try your luck at a traditional Korean board game. 



Bamboo is characterized by strength, flexibility, and lightness—bending, not breaking, with strong winds, while enduring harsh winters. Modern Twist explores the innovative shape bamboo art has taken in Japan since the mid-twentieth century. With rare wall-hung installations and sculptures never before seen in Texas, the exhibition both engages and educates audiences about a vibrant cultural art form.


Food for Purchase

Food Trucks
Grab a bite from food trucks Muiishi Makirritos and Foreign Policy.

Located outside in the circular drive on Austin.

Mochi Ice Cream Cart
Delight in this sweet Japanese treat to celebrate Lunar New Year.

Located upstairs in the Education Center.


Ticketed Performance

Free for Members; $5 Nonmembers
Culture of China: Huaxing Presents Performing Arts of China
1:30 pm and 3:30 pm* 
Enjoy traditional dance and music by accomplished Chinese performers.
Click here for a description of the performances.
* Performances are 30 minutes in duration, and both performances feature the same content.

Photos courtesy of Huaxing Arts Group Houston



Membership Special

Save 20% on memberships purchased in person at Family Day! Purchase includes a FREE lantern (while supplies last) for each child in the family. Learn more about membership benefits here


Education and outreach programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible through generous funding from the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation. Additional support provided by Friends of Education & Outreach at Asia Society Texas Center. Culture of China: Huaxing Presents Performing Arts of China is presented in collaboration with Huaxing Arts Group Houston.

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Event Details

Sat 28 Jan 2017
1:00pm - 4:00pm

1370 Southmore Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004

Admission to Family Day is free. A ticketed performance by Huaxing Arts Group complements the day's activities, and is free for Asia Society members, $5 for nonmembers. To reserve your ticket, please be sure to choose the appropriate option on the Family Day registration page. Members may present their membership card to Visitor Services to receive complimentary parking in the Asia Society lot.
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