Celebrating the Year of the Horse – Chinese New Year 2014

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The Chinese New Year celebrates the first day of the year of the Chinese calendar with festivities going on from Chinese New Year’s Eve (January 30, 2014) to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. Here in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, we have many opportunities experience the culture of Chinese New Year, from dances and performances to crafts and stories. Below events for you to celebrate with your family.

Lan Su Chinese New Year
This stunning Portland haven has celebratory events every day from Jan. 31-Feb. 14. Lion dances, children’s performances and more animate the weekends. The festivities wrap up with lantern viewing Feb. 12-14 (extra charge).
When: The Garden is open daily 10 am-5 pm
Where: 239 NW Everett St. 503-228-8131
Cost: $9.50 for adults, $7 for students age 6-18 and kids ages 0-5 are free

Year of the Horse Shadow Puppet Craft at Green Bean Books
Shadow puppet craft of a horse. Ages 3-10.
When: Jan. 31, 1-5 pm
Where: Green Bean Books, 1600 NE Alberta. 503-954-2354
Cost: FREE

Tears of Joy Theatre presents Monkey King
This classic tale of China’s favorite trickster features 30 spectacular puppets created in China for Tears of Joy, and was originally written and directed by seventh generation puppet master, Yang Feng. Join Monkey, his master, and the comical Bajeer the pig, on an epic adventure. Watch as acrobatic monkeys fly through the air and magical transformations occur before your eyes!
When: Jan. 31-Feb. 9. Various times
Where: Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th.
Cost: $13-$18.

Chinese New Year at Child’s Play Toys
Make a dragon stick puppet, win a prize at the Dragon’s Fire Pit, take home a coloring sheet.
All Ages!
When: Feb. 1, 10am-noon
Where: Child’s Play Toys, 2305 NW Kearney.
Cost: Free!

Chinese New Year Cultural Fair at the Oregon Convention Center
Cultural performances, dragon and lion dancing, more.
When: Feb 1, 11 am-5 pm
Where: Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK. 503-777-2122
Cost: $8, free ages 0-6

Chinese New Year Celebration at Oodles 4 Kids
Dragon glitter tattoos, face painting, Chinese musical prize walks, horse crafts (1pm), 15 foot dragon operated by kids (2pm), dragon crafts (3pm).
When: Feb. 1. 11am-4pm
Where: Oodles 4 Kids. 7727 SE 13th Ave. 503-719-7670
Cost: Free!

Lunar New Year at Multnomah County Library locations
Cultural performances, treats, activities.
When/Where: Feb. 1, 1:30-3:30 pm. Gregory Heights Library, 7921 NE Sandy Blvd. 503-988-5386; Feb. 5, 5:30-7:30 pm. Midland Meeting Room, 805 SE 122d. 503-988-5392
Cost: FREE

Chinese New Year Party at Beaverton Library
Crafts and activities to celebrate the Year of the Horse. Ages 2-11 with grown-up.
When: Feb. 2, 1:30-2:30 pm
Where: Beaverton Library, 12375 SW 5th. 503-350-3600
Cost: FREE

Tales for the Year of the Horse at Holgate Library
Have fun learning about Chinese New Year (2014: The Year of the Horse!) as master storyteller Anne Rutherford tells a lively group of tales that celebrate the spirit and meaning of the holiday.
When/Where: Feb. 4. 6-6:45: Holgate Library, 7905 SE Holgate Blvd. 503-988-5389
Cost: FREE

Free Admission Day at the Japanese Garden
Free admission to this beautiful garden on February 17th.
When: February 17, 10 am-4 pm
Where: 611 SW Kingston. 503-223-1321
Cost: FREE

Asian New Year Celebration at PCC
Dance, lion dance, music, martial arts performances, face painting and more.
When: Feb. 17, 11:30 am-2 pm
Where: Organized by Portland Community College at Warner Pacific College, 2219 SE 68th Ave. 971-722-6328
Cost: $4, free ages 0-8

Gung Hay Fat Choy (Wish You Prosperity)
Celebrate Chinese New Year (Year of the Horse) with the Portland Arts & Cultural Center performing traditional music and dancing. Lion Dance.
When: Feb. 22, 3-4 pm Feb. 22
Where: The Mall Library Connection, 8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr. #285
Cost: FREE

photo courtesy of Lan Su Chinese Garden