Houston Arts Alliance's Folklife + Traditional Arts presents Exploring Lunar New Year
Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Traditional Arts program presents an exhibition/installation focusing on the Lunar New Year. Unpacking the spectacle of this distinctive tradition, the installation will include objects, paper cutting, costumes, banners, calligraphy, instruments, audio, and video to evoke the multisensory experience that is Lunar New Year as it is celebrated here in the Houston area.
The Lunar New Year most popular in Houston is based on the Chinese calendar and is celebrated by nationalities with strong cultural ties to China. In Houston that is mostly the Chinese and Vietnamese community. It is based on a lunar cycle that falls between January 21 and February 20 on the Gregorian calendar. Its commemoration involves weeks of preparation. The entire event heralds new beginnings and expresses great relief in moving on from the travails of the old year. Crowds gather at temples and community events to enjoy performances of the lion and dragon dances, fireworks and offerings and to experience the clamor of bells and the commotion of the crowds and the whisper of prayer and to smell of incense and the veil of smoke it creates. Displays are mounted in homes, businesses and religious institutions throughout the city.