Chinese New Year Spring Festival Program 1998
Chinese New Year Walks
January 17 - February 14, Saturdays and Sundays by reservations only
For a fascinating and intimate look
at how the Chinese celebrate New Year, the Chinese Culture Center
offers docent conducted walks through Chinatown. Having just ushered
in 1998, it is time to welcome the start of the
Year of the Tiger.
This is the biggest event in
Chinatowns calendar and everyone will be celebrating
throughout the first fortnight of the lunar year, ending with the parade
on February 14. The walk will take you through the bustling streets of
Chinatown while our docent explains the different customs, religious
observances, and folk beliefs associated with
Chinese New Year.
You will see the different kinds of foods and delicacies prepared for this
exploding to drive away the evil spirits, and people greeting each other
with the phrase Gong Hay Fat Choy! To take a walk you must reserve
ahead of time by calling (415) 986-1822. Fees are $20 per adult and $8
for children under12.
In Celebration of the Year of the Tiger:
Symbolism and Motifs in Chinese Folk Art
January 17 - March 29, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Chinese folk art is rich in symbolism
and hidden meanings. It reflects the long history of popular customs and
traditions in Chinese culture. Deeply rooted in agriculture, peoples
daily life and rituals are inevitably connected with nature, the
surrounding landscape, and captivating tales told from one generation
to another about the origin of the world, of mankind, and mythological
beings that once apparently roamed the earth. The handicrafts and objects
for everyday use, created by the common folks, are thus a combination of
practicality and local customs, superstitions and beliefs. Chinese folk
art can be broadly divided into costumes and embroidery, papercuts,
New Year woodcut prints, toys and playthings,
pottery, paper-mache and dough figurines, masks, batik and fabric dyeing,
weaving, architectural ornaments, shadow puppets, lacquer, and jewelry.
The Chinese Culture Center will showcase many of these objects in the
exhibition. Free admission.
In Search of Roots - An Exhibition of Family Genealogy
January 24 - March 15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
In Search of Roots
is an annual genealogy research program in which the participants
(young Chinese Americans, ages 16 to 25) develop their individual
family histories back to at least the first generation who left China
through oral interviews, examination of family records, and archival
and document research. For two weeks in July, the participants visited
their ancestral villages in Guangdong Province, China. The exhibition
features family genealogy trees, immigration records, documents and old
photographs compiled by the interns of the program. Free admission.
February 14 & 15. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Come celebratethe Year of the Tiger
at the Spring Festival organized by the Chinese Culture Center on
February 14 & 15. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. A giant Chinese dragon greets
the public at the Festival. The two-day celebration includes martial
arts demonstrations, New Year food sampling, double lion dance, Chinese
cultural performances, art exhibitions, folk songs and dances, and many
other arts and crafts demonstrations. The Spring Festival is co-sponsored
by Chinatown Community Arts Program of the San Francisco Art Commission
and funded by Grants for the Arts of the San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.