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'Lunar New Year Celebration' at Peabody Essex Museum Feb. 1

Posted by Jen Clark Estes  January 24, 2014 08:29 AM

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PEM lunar new year.jpgJoin the Peabody Essex Museum to celebrate the Lunar New Year and mark the beginning of the Year of the Horse. Starting at 10 a.m., you can drop in for a number of craft activities, including making a lion head mask inspired by one of the day's performances. You can also make a red envelope lantern, inspired by the tradition of giving red envelopes with money to family members to ensure a year of good luck. During the day you can enjoy a variety of performances, including the lion dance, the Chinese Dulcimer Guzheng Youth Band, breakdancing, sword play, drumming, and folk dances. At 3 p.m., PEM will show "Freckled Rice," a film that takes place in Boston's Chinatown during the Kennedy years and centers on Joe Soo, a 13-year-old boy coming to terms with his Chinese-American identity. Sat., Feb. 1, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. All activities free with museum admission: adults, $18; seniors, $15; students with ID, $10; ages 16 and under, and Salem residents with ID, free. (Does not apply to student/youth tour groups.) Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. www.pem.org

Photo by Jason Fan

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