China Institute Gears Up For Lunar New Year 2020

Lunar New Year 2020 Events hosted by the China Institute in Lower Manhattan, New York
Lunar New Year 2020 Events hosted by the China Institute in Lower Manhattan, New York

Despite what any seasoned New Yorker might think, there’s a lot to embrace about 2020 being the Year of the Rat. This ubiquitous city inhabitant is super smart and resourceful. And let us not forget how certain famed rodentia (Pizza Rat, the four-legged chef from “Ratatouille”) have warmed our hearts. So learn more about this year’s animal and the Chinese zodiac calendar at one of the China Institute’s Lunar New Year events. The following are a few highlights from this month’s roster.

Lantern Making

Create colorful paper lanterns to bring home to your own cozy nest in this family-friendly workshop. (Sunday, January 12, 11a-3p)

Paper Workshop

Give your scissoring and writing skills a serious upgrade at this interactive art class in which you learn basic calligraphy and paper-cutting techniques. (Saturday, January 18, 11a-3p @ the Oculus)

Chinese Business Etiquette Seminar

Gain an understanding of gift giving, banquet protocols and other essential elements when developing working relationships with Chinese businesses. (Wednesday, January 22, 11a-1p @ the Oculus)

Yellow Is No Longer Forbidden: The Rise Of High Fashion In China

Lunar New Year but make it fashion. Catch the screening featuring fashion designer Guo Pei, followed by a lively discussion panel with Chinese fashion designers, bloggers and influencers — p.s. the film trailer is solid. (Monday, January 27, 6p-9p @ Westfield World Trade Center)

Chinese Culture And Holiday Seminar

This lively workshop aims to enlighten and entertain attendees about China’s vibrant season of celebration through the use of visual and written materials. (Thursday, January 30, 11a-1p @ the Oculus)