Children's Museum Pittsburgh

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
February 4
Noon to 4 p.m.

All eyes might be on the world’s most famous groundhog this week as Punxsutawney Phil emerges from its burrow—according to late-19th-century German tradition—but come Saturday, a centuries-old celebration will kick off the Year of the Rooster at Children Museum of Pittsburgh’s Lunar New Year event.

Photo by Zena Ruiz.

An important Chinese festival marking the turn of the traditional lunisolar calendar, the holiday began as a time to honor deities, ancestors and myths. Based on a 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac, this year’s Lunar New Year began on Saturday, January 28—and now you can get in on all of the festivities and fun.

Learn about the holiday’s origins according to the ancient story of Buddha, who asked all of the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. When twelve animals arrived, Buddha named a year after each one.

Celebrate the Chinese year 4715—aka the year of the Rooster—during an afternoon filled with art, culture, and cuisine co-presented with the Pittsburgh-based Asian arts and culture organization Silk Screen.

Learn the beautiful and ancient art of calligraphy with artist Ming Rui, make your own parade sign, sample tasty teas and discover the Vietnamese 5 Fruit Tray tradition.

Photo by Zena Ruiz.

Make Korean Yuk Sticks with the University of Pittsburgh’s Asian Studies Center, learn dance moves with Yanlai Dance Academy and enjoy live music by the Chinese musical ensemble Purple Bamboo.

At 1 p.m., be dazzled by Steel Dragon Lion Dance Team performances in the museum’s Art Studio, and then join the group for a lively parade to the Theater.

Looking for more events? Check out our 11 Pittsburgh events not to miss in FebruaryTop 9 family events in Pittsburgh this January and our 17 can’t-miss Pittsburgh concerts in 2017 feature stories.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...