Lunar New Year celebrations in CT for the Year of the Tiger


New Haven, Connecticut – February 8, 2020: Qiong Hao of Bridgeport, right, left, a shopper at Hong Kong Market on Whitney Ave in New Haven, greets dancing lions Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar as they enter the grocery store during Lunarfest, celebrating Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat and Chinese culture highlighted by the 9th Annual New Haven Lion and Dragon Dance Parade which runs down Church Street to Whitney Avenue to the Hong Kong Market and at the Great Wall restaurant. The dancing lions are performed by the lions of the Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute of New York and are a symbol of good luck for people and traders in the area. The dragons are handcrafted by area schools and the public.

Peter Hvizdak/Hearst Connecticut Media

Lunarfest in New Haven hosts all kinds of events in honor of the Lunar New Year throughout the month of February.

Brilliant Boba Show: This art exhibit celebrates the products of a resource kit that helps educators center Asian-American voices in their classrooms through art and storytelling. This exhibition features artists Kaitlin Tan Fung, Zulynette Morales and Ying Ye along with works by local students whose teachers have used Brilliant Boba resources in their classrooms. The exhibition is on view at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art until February 20.

New Year postcards and red envelopes Year of the Tiger with animation kits: These craft kits are available at the New Haven Museum and free public libraries in New Haven starting February 2.

Craft workshop on rattles: This live-streamed workshop will teach participants how to make their own rattle from household supplies. Register online. The workshop takes place at 4:30 p.m. on February 1.

Fires in Mirror Event and Talkback: Yale-China will host a talkback for “Fires in the Mirror”, a theatrical production currently running at the Long Wharf Theatre. The event will take place on Friday, February 4 at 7 p.m. Buy your tickets at

Movie Night – “The Farewell” and Talkback: This virtual event will livestream the film “The Farewell” and feature a discussion session co-hosted by Yale-China and the New Haven Free Public Library. The event will air from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, February 4. Register and stream online.

Aiping Tai Chi celebrates the Water Tiger: In this child-friendly virtual program, Aiping Tai Chi will give a visual presentation and teach Tiger Qigong movements to celebrate the Year of the Water Tiger. 2-2:45 p.m. Saturday 5 February. Organized by the New Haven Museum. Register online at

Tai Chi and Qigong demonstrations: This virtual workshop features Aiping Tai Chi instructors and students, who will demonstrate routines in a mini-course. The course will air from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, February 12. Register online at

Roots of Opera with Wang Hao and Noah Fang: This virtual program features a discussion on Chinese opera with Peking opera artist Wang Hao, ethnomusicologist Noah Fang, and theater and literature scholar Allison Bernard. The program will air from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15. Register online.

Meeting of seniors: This live-streamed event welcomes all Mandarin-speaking Chinese grandparents and people over the age of 65 for friendly conversation, entertainment and companionship. This event is coordinated by the New Haven Public Library. The event will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 18. For more information, visit and scan the QR code to join the WeChat group chat.

Behind the scenes at local Chinese-owned restaurants: This student-made mini-documentary teaches audiences about the challenges the pandemic has posed to the restaurant industry and the ways the public can support Chinese restaurant workers. This is a bilingual event that can accommodate both English and Mandarin speakers. The stream takes place at 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 20. Register online.


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