February 2 2018,  Malden

MHS Asian Cultural Club and Chinese Culture Connection to host Annual Lunar Malden Chinese New Year Celebration

The Asian Cultural Club of Malden High School, the Chinese Culture Connection, and the Malden Asian Community are proud to announce the 2018 Chinese New Year Celebration for the Year of the Dog! The event will be held on Saturday, Feb 10, 2018, from 1 PM – 5 PM at Jenkins Auditorium, 77 Salem St., Malden. The Lunar New Year Celebration is an important event for the Asian community in Malden, and throughout many parts of the world. It is a great time to experience and celebrate the beauty of diversity.  The Chinese Culture Connection is very honored to take part in the unveiling of the 2018 Lunar New Year Stamp. The ceremony will take be held in the second portion of the program.

The Year of the Dog (Celebrating Lunar New Year series)

The Year of the Dog stamp is the 11th of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Dog begins on Feb. 16, 2018 and ends on Feb. 4, 2019. The U.S. Postal Service introduced its Celebrating Lunar New Year series in 2008. The series will continue through 2019, with a stamp for the Year of the Boar. The Year of the Dog stamp is being issued as a souvenir sheet of 12 self-adhesive Forever Stamps.

Art director Ethel Kessler worked on the series with illustrator Kam Mak, a Hong Kong-born artist who grew up in New York City’s Chinatown and now lives in Brooklyn. The artwork focuses on some of the common ways the Lunar New Year holiday is celebrated. The Year of the Dog illustration, originally created using oil paints on panel, depicts an arrangement of lucky bamboo (Dracaena braunii). To the right is a lozenge-shaped piece of red paper with the Chinese character fu, meaning good fortune, rendered in calligraphy — a common decoration on doors and entryways during Lunar New Year festivities.

Kessler’s stamp design also incorporates two elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps: Clarence Lee’s intricate cut-paper design of a dog and the Chinese character for “dog,” drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun.

Each year the Lunar New Year Celebration attracts many hundreds of people in Malden, and the group gets larger every year. This is a wonderful outing for families with many fun activities for attendees of all ages. There will be Chinese drumming, music, dance and  many live performances from 1:30-4:30 PM.  There will be information tables from local businesses and lantern riddles with prizes to engage the audience.  In addition, there will be demonstrations of Chinese arts and crafts, such as: calligraphy, a chance to get your own red spring couplet calligraphy to ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune, and rice dough sculpture making, and more!  Malden has a very vibrant and large Asian community to whom the Chinese New Year is a very important holiday. Attending this event is a fantastic opportunity to reach out to such a large part of the diverse Malden community.

For information about how to support this celebration or get a table at the event please contact the Chinese Culture Connection at 781-321.6316 or info@chinesecultureconnection.org. We hope you will join us at this great celebration!

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