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Lunar New Year Festival at PEM: Year of the Dragon

February 10, 2024 10:00 am  -  4:00 pm
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We invite you to welcome the Year of the Dragon with a vibrant festival heralding new beginnings and the coming of spring. Join us as we continue our celebrations for the 20th anniversary of Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese Home at PEM. Enjoy performances, storytelling and art making and explore Yin Yu Tang.

Yin Yu Tang — translated as “Hall of Plentiful Shelter” — was home to the Huang family for nearly two hundred years. For the past 20 years, Yin Yu Tang has been a gateway into understanding the art and culture of generations of families living and working in rural Southeastern China. Since 2003, more than 850,000 people have visited this unique, immersive environment at PEM.

Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian countries, including China, Vietnam, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. While some traditions are shared across countries, others are unique to one region, community or national cultural identity. Our programming this year focuses on Chinese cultural traditions.

Self-Guided Tours | Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese Home
10:15 am–4:15 pm, Every 30 minutes
Reservations required. Same-day tickets available at the Admissions and Information Desks.

Storytelling | Chinese Folktales with Limin Mo
10:30–11 am | East India Marine Hall
Join us for storytelling with an award-winning writer and artist who brings Chinese tales to life. Recommended for children 12 and under.

Art Making | Dragon Paper Puppets
11 am–12 pm | East India Marine Hall
Join Limin Mo to make a paper puppet and create your own piece of the festival! Suitable for all ages.

Dance Performance | Gund Kwok: Asian Women’s Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe
11:30 am–12:30 pm | Main Atrium
Experience the energy and grace of Gund Kwok, the first all-Asian women’s Lion and Dragon Dance troupe in the U.S.

Drop-In Art Making | Decorating Red Envelopes
1–3 pm | Create Space Studios
Join us in a hands-on activity to decorate your own red envelope, a symbol of luck and prosperity in Chinese culture. Suitable for all ages.

Live Music | Chinese Traditional Music Club
1:30–2:05 pm | Morse Auditorium
Enjoy the mesmerizing fusion of traditional and modern Chinese music presented by performers from the Chinese Traditional Music Club at Berklee College of Music.

Puppetry Workshop | Chinese Shadow Puppets
2:30–3:30 pm | Gallery 115
Same-day tickets required. Tickets at the Admissions and Information desks.
Explore the captivating world of Chinese shadow puppetry with Yolanda Yuanlu Peng, a theatrical designer who specializes in projections and puppet creation.

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February 10
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square, 161 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States
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