Spring Festival 2011!

兔年快乐! Happy Year of the Rabbit!

Paper Cut artist Hou Yumei at Spring Festival 2010

This year the CCC will be ringing in the Year of the Rabbit on Saturday and Sunday February 19 and 20, 2011 from 11am-3pm.

Joining us this year is Hou Yumei, a longtime CCC artist who was recently chosen by the San Francisco Arts Commission to design and install a mural for the Chinatown Central Subway, set to begin installation this year. Hou Yumei, who immigrated to San Francisco Chinatown from Manchuria in 2001, has made the traditional artistry of Chinese paper cutting her life’s work. Her skill has launched her to the forefront of the city’s public arts scene, and her presence at the CCC Spring Festival will include demonstrations and interactive activities.

Back by popular demand is the bilingual Lantern Riddle game, first introduced during last year’s celebration of the Year of the Tiger. The Lantern Riddles are a traditional practice throughout China, observed during the ending days of the Lunar New Year festival, and victorious visitors will have the chance to choose from various Red Envelope prizes. Example: What building has the most stories?

Visitors will be treated to musical performances, seal carvings, lion dances, fortune telling, and other activities. This year the United States Postal Service will also be on hand with commemorative, limited addition Lunar New Years 2011 stamps. As a special nod to the year of the Rabbit, the CCC has also partnered with various local animal shelters to provide a Rabbit Adoption Booth.

The Chinese Culture Center’s Spring Festival celebration is the largest indoor Chinese New Year celebration in San Francisco, attended annually by over 5,000 people. We look forward to sharing this historic year with all of our neighbors and friends.
(Riddle answer: The Library!)