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Chinese New Year Family Festival

February 13 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Kick off the Year of the Ox with the virtual edition of China Institute’s signature New Year Celebration for families. The exciting festival opens with a lion dance and puppet performance followed by engaging New Year-themed workshops and activities including dumpling making and lantern painting.

  • Lion Dance & Puppet Show


  • Workshops

    Members & China Institute Language Class Students: FREE
    Non-Members: $10

Festival Schedule

11:00 AM

Lion Dance & Puppet Performance by Chinese Theatre Works: “Hao Bang Ah, Ox!”

An at-home Chinese New Year activity pack will be available as a free download starting Friday, February 12.

Watercolor Painting Workshop – Chinese New Year Lanterns

This Lunar New Year work on an art craft project with your little artists at home! Instructor Buer Zeng will tell you
all about the history and symbols of Chinese New Year Lanterns, give you a tour of lantern design from ancient to
modern times, and show you how to create lucky lanterns. These beautiful lanterns will be sure to bring you a lucky
and prosperous new year!


  • watercolor paper (small or medium size)
  • watercolor paints (red, yellow, green, blue)
  • paint brushes
  • paint tray palette
  • masking tape
  • black ink pen
  • pencils
  • eraser

Dumpling Making Workshop

Dreaming of something nutritious and exquisite on your dinner table? Grab your pan or skillet and join us to delicious fried dumplings with scrambled eggs!

After a brief presentation of the origin and culture of the iconic Chinese dish, instructor Zeyu Feng will lead you through the basic ingredients of Chinese dumplings and provide step-by-step guidance on creating this wonderful New Year dish!

Required ingredients:

  • 10 dumpling wrappers
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • ½ lb peeled and deveined shrimps with tails
  • ¼ teaspoons of black pepper
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut or olive oil

Optional ingredients:

  • ½ cup of diced celery
  • ½ cup of diced mushroom
  • ½ cup of diced carrot
  • ½ cup of onions
  • ½ cup of corns
  • 1 teaspoon of cream
  • 1 teaspoon of black or white sesame


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the
New York City Department Of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


February 13
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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