Chinese New Year Celebrations in the D.C. Area

A dragon dances down H Street in Chinatown during an annual Chinese New Year celebration.
A dragon dances down H Street in Chinatown during an annual Chinese New Year celebration. (2007 Photo By Katherine Frey -- The Washington Post)
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Friday, January 23, 2009

Lions and dragons and . . . oxen, oh my! This weekend and next, the Washington area will be popping and crackling with celebrations of Chinese New Year, which begins Monday. Whether you were born in the year of the dog, rat or tiger (or any of the other animals), check these out:

The District

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Celebrate the Year of the Ox with a lion dance parade, performances by the Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe and traditional martial arts. Visitors can learn calligraphy and make red paper lanterns for good luck. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW (Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown). 202-633-1000 or http://www.americanart.si.edu. FREE

CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR PARADE Feb. 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. The Chinese Community of the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area presents its annual festivities in Chinatown. A five-story-tall firecracker will be lit at 3:45 p.m. H Street NW between Sixth and Eighth streets (Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown). 202-508-5438 or http://www.chinatownchamber.us. FREE

Maryland

CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION Lakeforest Mall will host performances and exhibitions this weekend and next, including an opening ceremony with traditional dancing Saturday at noon. Lakeforest Mall, 701 Russell Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-670-0599 or http://www.shoplakeforest.com. FREE

THE LION DANCE: CONSECRATING THE CHINESE NEW YEAR Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The Walters Art Museum launches a year-long celebration of the arts of China, Japan and India with a traditional lion dance, which is meant to provide a blessing while guarding against misfortune. The Johns Hopkins University Chinese Lion Dance Troupe will perform. Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-547-9000 or http://www.thewalters.org. FREE

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. Mark the Year of the Ox with crafts and games. Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville. 301-445-4508 or http://www.pgparks.com/things/calendar.html. $3, residents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $2.

Virginia

CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This indoor event features dragon and lion dances, Asian foods, workshops on Chinese cooking and language, health and business booths and children's activities. Sponsored by the Asian Community Service Center. Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. 703-868-1509 or http://www.chinesenewyearfestival.org. FREE

CHINESE NEW YEAR PROGRAM Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m. Children age 4 and older can learn about the Year of the Ox. Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. 703-228-6535 or http://www.arlingtonva.us/calendar. $2; registration required.


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