Winter Celebrations: Exploring Lunar New Year

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Winter Celebrations: Exploring Lunar New Year says
Wednesday - Tuesday, January 13 - 19, 2016
Winter Celebrations: Exploring Lunar New Year
Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main St.

Opening reception: Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6 - 8 p.m. (with food, drink, lion dancing and more)

Hours: Mon - Thu, 12 - 6 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 12 - 7 p.m.; Sun, 12 - 5 p.m.

The Chinese and Vietnamese Lunar New Year is based on a lunar cycle that falls between January 21 and February 20 on the Gregorian calendar. Its celebration incites spectacular preparations, performances and displays at temples, businesses and personal residences throughout the city. A weeklong evocation of the spirit of this complex cultural event will be presented.

Free and open to the public.

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About Winter Celebrations

Houston is a town where summer punishes and winter forgives. As a result, the winter months in Houston provide an extra opportunity to celebrate the season in special ways that express our diversity, our internationalism and our local heritage.

In response to this phenomena, Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Traditional Arts program presents Winter Celebrations, a trio of installations, along with live performances and interactive events centered on the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Lunar New Year and the African-American trail riders who help kick off the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

These distinctive traditions share more than a season -- they are all public, participatory, festive events involving parade-like processional activities, music and dance, and fancy garb or costume.

All events are free and open to the public at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main Street. Hours: Mon - Thu, 12 - 6 p.m.; Fri - Sat, 12 -7 p.m.; Sun, 12 - 5 p.m. For parking options, click here.

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Bank of America is the lead presenting sponsor for the entire Winter Celebrations series and for the free Family Day on January 18, 2016. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Houston Endowment and Sara and Bill Morgan.
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By: Houston Arts Alliance

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