Rescheduled: Chinese Arts Festival in New Haven rings in Year of the Snake

Rescheduled: A lion dance parade and Chinese arts for adults and children in downtown New Haven will usher in the Year of the Snake on Saturday, and Sunday, March 2 and 3.

The two-day event is co-sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale, the New Haven Museum, and the Yale-China Association, with support from the Yale Programs in International Educational Resources.

The snake is one of 12 animals celebrated as part of the Chinese lunar calendar. The Year of the Snake began on Feb. 10, 2013 and ends on Jan. 30, 2014.

The Chinese Arts Festival will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, with a traditional lion dance procession along Whitney Avenue, from Grove to Temple streets. The Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute’s famed dance troupe will wend its way past the specialty shops and restaurants of Whitney Avenue, bringing good luck and prosperity to New Haven merchants and community members.
 
From 1 to 4 p.m., the festivities will continue on March 2 with a wide array of hands-on Chinese arts and culture workshops set in two separate locations: Luce Hall (34 Hillhouse Ave.) and the New Haven Museum (114 Whitney Ave.).  There will be a performance by EastRiver Ensemble at the New Haven Museum at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. On Sunday, March 3, activities will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in Luce Hall (34 Hillhouse Ave.).
 
  The Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute’s lion dance troupe, which ushered in the Year of the Dragon in 2012, returns to New Haven on Feb. 9 to greet the Year of the Snake.

The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University (CEAS) promotes education about East Asia in the college curricula and through lectures and workshops, conferences, cultural events, and educational activities open to faculty, students, K-16 educators, and the general public. CEAS has been designated a National Resource Center for the study of East Asian languages and cultures by the U.S. Department of Education. Support for this day of Chinese arts and cultural programming has been provided by a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is currently celebrating 150 years of collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven. Through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach, the museum brings over 350 years of New Haven history to life.

The Yale-China Association was founded in 1901 by graduates of Yale University. It seeks to foster long-term relationships that improve education, health, and cultural understanding in China and the United States. Its goal is to promote a U.S.- China relationship of mutual understanding and respect nurtured by collaboration among individuals and institutions.