Year of the Rooster
Lunarfest is a day-long event offering arts and cultural programs for adults and children of all ages in celebration of the Lunar New Year, kicking off with the Lion Dance down Whitney Avenue! This year, the theme of the festival is "Regions of China." Activities will highlight the diversity of cultures within China.
Regions of China: Saturday, February 4, 2017.
View the 2017 Lunarfest schedule here
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Lunarfest in the News
New Haven Register, "Photos of Lunarfest 2017 Lion Dance," 2/4/2017
New Haven Independent, "Lions Dance, & “Sisters” Toast," 2/5/2017
New Haven Independent, "Lunar New Year, One Character At A Time," 2/5/2017
Yale Daily News, "Lunarfest attracts hundreds to celebrate Chinese New Year," 2/6/2017
Special thanks to our 2017 Sponsors!
International Association of New Haven
Asian Network @ Yale
Office of New Haven and State Affairs
Great Wall Restaurant
New Haven Independent
Koffee on Audubon
Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Yale
Volunteers must attend one of the mandatory Lunarfest Meetings:
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 4:00 pm 442 Temple Street
Friday, January 27, 2017 4:00 pm 442 Temple Street
Lunarfest kicks off at 10:00AM with a traditional lion dance on Whitney Avenue between Grove Street and Trumbull Street. Celebrate alongside the Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute’s lion dance troupe as they bring good luck and prosperity to New Haven merchants and community members. Keep on the look out for a special performance by local performers at the intersection of Whitney and Audubon Street.
Between 1:00-5:00PM, join us for a series of Chinese arts and culture workshops, talks, and demonstrations, including:
• arts & crafts
• and many more!
The rooster is one of twelve designated animals celebrated in the Chinese culture based on the lunar calendar. The Year of the Rooster begins January 28, 2017 and will end on February 15, 2018.
The venue locations for Lunarfest are: Henry R. Luce Hall at Yale University (34 Hillhouse Avenue), New Haven Museum (114 Whitney Avenue), and Yale-China Association (442 Temple Street). All events are free and open to the public. All events are first come, first served. Please fill out this form to help us anticipate the number of people who will be attending each event.
This free event is sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University, New Haven Museum, and Yale-China Association.
The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University
34 Hillhouse Ave
New Haven Museum
114 Whitney Ave
442 Temple St