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Chinese New Year Family Festival

February 13, 2021 @ 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 festival opens with a lion dance and puppet performance followed by New Year-themed workshops and activities including dumpling making and lantern painting.

Festival Schedule

11:00 AM

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

Download a free Chinese New Year at-home activity pack to color, craft, and cook your way through the Lunar New Year!

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 a 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

Shadow Theater Workshop

(NOTE: This workshop is designed to be fun and flexible to do at home! Feel free to swap in different tools and materials as you have available and don’t worry if you aren’t able to have everything on hand.)


  • scissors, needle-nosed pliers, stapler (or staple plier), ruler, matt/x-acto/cutting knife, cutting board; lights (can use a clip light, desk lamp, or LED flashlights), metal ruler or straightedge, pushpins

Materials & supplies:

  • Paper & Cardboard — paper, cardstock, cardboard boxes
  • Tape — clear packing tape (2” wide), clear Scotch tape, masking tape, duct or gaffer’ tape.
  • Wire — florist or craft wire, paper clips, wire clothes hangers
  • Bamboo skewers, thin dowels, sticks
  • Glue — glue gun or white glue
  • Sharpie markers (different colors)

For Shadow Stage Frame — large (18”) pizza box

For Shadow Stage Screen — white plastic garbage bag

For Shadow figures — flat clear plastic (can use the tops of takeout trays, clear egg carton containers); acetate, clear transparency, colored gel, plastic file folders; fabric or lace scraps


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, 2021
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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