Lion dance and celebration of Chinese cultures mark Year of the Rooster

Workshops, talks, demonstrations, and — of course — a lion dance will highlight the celebration of Lunarfest 2017 on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Lunarfest celebrates the Chinese Year of the Rooster, which began on Jan. 28 and will continue through Feb. 15, 2018. The rooster is one of 12 animals celebrated in the Chinese culture, based on the lunar calendar. It is considered a symbol of fidelity and punctuality.

The event is organized by the New Haven Museum, the Yale-China Association, and the Council on East Asian Studies.

As is traditional, Lunarfest 2017 will begin with a Lion Dance, down Whitney Avenue from Grove to Trumbull streets 10–11:30 a.m. During the parade by the Wan Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute’s lion dance troupe, audience members will present the lions with red envelopes, which are symbols of good luck and prosperity. There also will be entertainment by local performers at the intersection of Whitney and Audubon streets.