Monday, February 4, 2013

Lunar New Year celebrations in western Pennsylvania.

This year the Lunar New Year falls on February 10, and there are several celebrations in the area over the next month. A couple have already taken place, but you'll notice there are quite a few others this weekend and next. Many are free and open to the public.

CSSA Spring Festival Celebration - February 9.

CSSA 2013 Spring Festival Celebration

The Chinese Students & Scholars Association will be holding a celebration on Saturday, February 9, from 2:00 pm through the evening at the University of Pittsburgh's William Pitt Union. From the group's website:
Tea House and Chinese Culture Exhibition, 2 pm to 5 pm, WPU Main Floor Lower Lounge There will be games and prizes. Every year, a lot of people participate to appreciate Chinese culture, have fun and enjoy the atmosphere of the festival.

Dinner (free for students with registration), 5:30 pm to 7 pm, WPU Main Floor The website for registration is Hurry up, the deadline for registration is Feb. 3rd 6pm.

Spring Festival Stage Show (Chun Wan), 7:30 pm and after, Alumni Hall 7th Floor Auditorium Audiences can enjoy Kong Fu, singing, dancing, stand-up comedy, and many other wonderful performances.

Lion Dancing in the Strip - February 9.
From 11 am to 2 pm in the Strip District, Gong Lung Kung Fu and Lion and Dragon Dance will be, says the Facebook event page,
starting at Lin's Hair Studio at 1627 Penn, going to Shanghai Restaurant next door, and then heading out to Wing Fat Hong Grocery at 2227 Penn Ave, our lions will travel through the strip stopping at shops to bring New Years blessings. People on the street may also feed the lions for their own blessing as the lions drive out any malevolent spirits and bring good fortunate for the new year.

Chinese American Students' Association at Pitt Annual Chinese New Years Festival - February 16.
The Chinese American Students' Association [CASA] will host its annual Chinese New Years Festival on Saturday, February 16, in the O'Hara Student Center (map) from 5 pm. From CASA's site:
Its that time of year again! This year we will be ringing out the year of the Dragon and welcoming the year of the Snake! Come celebrate with us for a spectacular night! Guest performances will include students of the Yanlai Dance Academy, Steel Dragon of Pittsburgh, as well as students from PITT showing off their talents! Best of all, the annual Fashion Show will be bigger and better than ever!

Chinese New Year Celebration at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh - February 17
Held at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh on the North Side (map) from 12 - 4 pm. From the museum's website:
Celebrate the Year of the Water Snake! Make culturally-themed art with Silk Screen Asian Arts and Culture Organization, enjoy a live performance by the Steel Dragon Lion Dance Team and join a parade through the Museum for the finale! Visit our Studio to learn how to paint the Chinese symbols for luck, joy or auspiciousness at the painting easels. Hand-make paper or silk-screens today in red and gold, colors that symbolize good luck, fortune and happiness in Chinese culture.

Lunar New Year Celebration Hosted by the Vietnamese American Community of Pittsburgh - February 17.

Pittsburgh Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival

On Sunday, February 17, from 4:00 pm at the Dormont Rec Center (map). Attractions include food and a performance by Steel Dragon Kung Fu & Lion Dance.

OCA Pittsburgh Lunar New Year Banquet - February 23.
By the Organization of Chinese Americans Pittsburgh and held at Syria Shriners Center in Cheswick, PA (map). The priciest and most formal of the season, the cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-members, and includes dinner and performances by local ensembles. Reservations required.