Houston is known to now be the most diverse city in the country and it takes great pride in it too. One of the best finds you can get in Houston is its appreciation for Chinese culture as it celebrates the Chinese New Year (CNY) with a number of events citywide every year. 2018’s year goes to the zodiac of the dog; long recognized as mans best friend. If you are someone who indulges themselves in Chinese culture or enjoys to diversify themselves then play close attention. These will be some of the upcoming events and attractions for the Year of the Dog CNY.
The Lunar New Year is an old traditional celebration of great importance to many countries of Asia not only China as many normally refer to it as Chinese New Year. The Lunar New Year is normally 15 days longs as everyday there is a different tradition to go along with it. The essence of why people celebrate it is for new beginnings as well as paying respect deities and ancestors. Activities range from sweeping entire houses, having an entire reunion with family to eat and preparation of special meals for different beliefs such as good fortune and longevity. Throughout the times the Lunar new years or more specifically recognized foe the Chinese New Years established a zodiac for the years they celebrate which consisted of twelve animals. these animals included: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. Although many know it as Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year there is also a popular third name for this 15 day celebration know as The Spring Festival.
Chinese New Year Folk Music Concert 2018 新年音乐会.
This event is hosted by the Houston Chinese Traditional Music Group. The organization consists of amateurs and professional musicians wishing to expand the heritage of Chinese culture specifically focusing on Chinese traditional music.Over the years they have performed in numerous events and occasions. With the many years of performances they have grown to 50 volunteer member music group. the event will take place Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 7pm-9pm at the Houston baptist University, Belin Chapel. There will be a general admission of $15.00 to attend the event. Rejoice music lovers and for those who wish to check out something new it is open to the public.
2018 Lunar New Year Festival
The Chinese Community Center is proud to host their yearly Lunar New Year Festival with lots of things to do for the whole family. The event consists of numerous unique cultural performances for many countries in Asia such as Vietnam, South Korea, India and of course China. There will be the famous dragon and lion dances and will be packed with over 50 booths of food, art, games, and giveaways! Aside form the booths there will also be Asian cultural workshops that would teach the basics of writing such as calligraphy and lantern making. To top of all of the activities above there will also be a raffle with 100 amazing prizes revolving around the Lunar New Year. and just to put the icing on the cake the entrance is free of charge and you can bring along your whole family for the fun. The event will take place from Saturday, February 17, 2018, 10am-4pm, Chinese Community Center, 9800 Town Park Dr.
Lunar New Year Houston 2018
Save the date! February 24-25, 2018, 10am-6pm, Hoa Center @ Beltway 8 Plaza, 8388 W. Sam Houston Pkwy South. This event will consist of many booths for foods and game inviting for all ages and fun for all as well. There will also be performances for dragon dances and participation for kids in some of the showcases. There will be free admission and lots of fun for the whole community. This event will also tell people a brief history about the Lunar New Year to bring in some history and further appreciation for the culture brought from Asia to Houston.