First Friday: Asian Pacific Lantern Night, honors the Chinese New Year


First Friday’s Art Walk features a celebration of the Lunar New Year.

The American Civic Association has partnered with the Confucius Institute for Chinese Opera at Binghamton University to mark the Chinese New Year.

The event, which is called Asian Pacific Lantern Night in honor of other cultures that also celebrate the Lunar New Year, will include a dinner and demonstrations of Chinese Opera, including a flutist, swords and spears and costumes to try on.

Also, a presentation on red envelopes that the Chinese use to present cash and other gifts to one another.

The event runs from 6 until 8 tomorrow at the ACA and the cost is $10.

This year will be the Chinese Year of the Pig, something the Chinese take very seriously.

Assistant to Director, Confucius Institute Carrie Feyerabend says, “If it’s your year, they have silly traditions like wearing red underwear.  And it’s your year to bring good luck and fortune.  Some people cut their hair if it’s their year.  So, there’s a lot of kind of superstitious stuff that goes on.”

The Confucius Institute is staging a performance on Sunday called Amazing China.

It takes place in the Watters Theater at BU at 7:30 and will include Beijing Opera excerpts, Chinese folk songs and traditional Chinese instrumental music.

Tickets are $10 for the public, $8 for seniors and BU staff and $5 for students.

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