Chinese New Year Festival at The Huntington
At the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Saturday, February 18, 2006
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road
The Year of the Dog is celebrated with traditional Chinese music and dance on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
The centerpiece of the Huntington festival will be a traditional Chinese flower market in the entrance pavilion, with stalls of cut flowers and blooming plants for sale. A number of flowers have special New Year’s significance in Chinese culture, including plum blossoms (symbolizing the beginning of spring), peonies (prosperity), narcissus (longevity), and other blooms such as orchids, forsythia, camellias, and golden mums. Many of these will be offered at the event, subject to seasonal availability.
Other activities will include lion dancers and martial arts demonstrations (11 a.m. & 2 p.m.), a reading and book signing of The Year of the Dog by children’s author Oliver Chin (11:30 a.m.), Chinese musicians (noon - 1 p.m.), folk dancers (1:30 p.m.), and a performance by a children’s musical group (2:30 – 3:30 p.m.). Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy Chinese crafts (dough doll making, knotting, lantern making), calligraphy workshops, and Chinese brush painting demonstrations. And a Chinese New Year scavenger hunt invites families to explore the Huntington in search of Chinese-themed items in the art, library, and botanical collections.
Visitors can also get a preview of the Huntington’s Chinese Garden project, visit the site, and hear an update about the garden’s progress. Construction on the lake phase is well advanced, and artisans from Suzhou, China, were recently granted cultural exchange visas to travel to Southern California to begin stone work on the site.
The Huntington’s Chinese New Year Festival is made possible by the Carrie Kolb Foundation, East West Bank, and Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.
All activities are included with general admission: $15 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students (age 12-18), $6 youth (age 5-11), and free for children under 5. Members are admitted free.