Best Ways To Celebrate Lunar New Year In DFW

February 8, 2013 5:00 AM

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Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in many Asian cultures and refers to the beginning of the new year based on the lunar calendar. This year, Lunar New Year will be celebrated on Feb. 10. Many different organizations and cultural societies will be hosting celebrations for the community to celebrate this exciting holiday.

Lunar New Year Celebration At UT Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd. SU 2.602
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 883-6390
www.utdallas.edu

Hours: Feb. 11 – 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Price: Free

Want to learn about Asian cultures while having fun? Look no farther than the Multicultural Center at the University of Texas at Dallas’s annual Lunar New Year Celebration. Activities will include lion dancing and cultural food for guests, as well as giveaways. The event is open to both the Universit of Texas at Dallas’

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Crow Collection After Dark
2010 Flora St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 979-6430
www.crowcollection.com

Hours: Feb. 15 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Price: Free

Located in the heart of the Arts District in Dallas, The Crow Collection features galleries of art from China, Japan, India and more. This year, the museum will be hosting an event celebrating the year of the snake. The event will include a variety of activities. If looking for a fun event for the kids, there will be face painting so that your children can be transformed into elaborate and fun dragons. There will also be a station to create your own dragon puppet. There will also be an option for adults or kids to decorate Chinese New Year envelopes. The color red symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits. After decorating an envelope, you can also create a Chinese lantern. Complimentary candles and a photo booth will be available on a first come first served basis. For entertainment, there will be a Kung Fu showcase and dragon dance parade as well as a Chinese orchestra performance.

Shen Yun Performing Arts
Bass Performance Hall
525 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 212-4200
www.basshall.com

Hours: Feb. 20 – 7:30 p.m.
Click here for pricing

The New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts began in 2006 with the goal of bringing 5,000 years of culture to life. The group includes a dance troupe, orchestra and solo performers. Although they are based in New York, the group performs all over the globe and will be performing in Fort Worth in February. The performance spans many regions, dynasties and traditions and will give you a colorful and lively overview of past Chinese culture.

Organization Of Chinese Americans Chinese New Year Banquet
Maxim’s Chinese Restaurant
310 Terrace Dr.
Richardson, TX 75081
(972) 231-6371
www.ocadfw.org

Date: February 23 – 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Click here for pricing

The Organization of Chinese Americans, Inc. was founded in 1973 and is a non-profit organization. The event will feature a night of Chinese culture, delicious food and will also offer the opportunity to win raffle prizes. The goal of the organization is to secure the rights of Chinese citizens and permanent residents. The donations received through this event will help them further their cause.

Crow Collection of Asian Art
2010 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 979-6430
www.crowcollection.com

The Crow Collection offers arts from many different Asian cultures and also provides education on the art and culture of the many different Asian societies. The Crow Collection is a permanent set of galleries so they offer a perfect opportunity for you and your family to learn about Chinese and other Asian cultures year-round. Through the middle of February, one of the special exhibitions will include Qualities of Jade. This exhibition will be in partnership with the Confucius Institute. If you are looking to find family events, every first Saturday of the month, the museum features Adventure Asia: Family Days at the Crow and includes face painting, storytelling and more.

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Kelsi Gerwell is a freelance writer covering all things Dallas-Fort Worth. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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