Saturday, January 29, 2022

SATURDAY - February 5th - Chinese New Year


It's the Year of the Tiger! Come join us in sketching around the world the festivities of Chinese New Year, a time of feasting, forgiveness, & celebration. Chinese New Year has enjoyed a 3,500 year history. Some people believe the festival originated in the Shang Dynasty, 1600-1046 BC. Celebrations of the Chinese New Year can last up to 16 days, although only the first seven days in China are considered a public holiday. Chinese New Year is celebrated by more than 20% of the world. 

Whether celebrating in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong or Sydney, San Francisco, London, or NYC, sketchers will observe the Chinese New Year around the world. It is also known as either the Lunar New Year, because the date is set by the lunar calendar, or the Spring Festival. You may be attracted by the dragons and colorful costumes on parade, the lanterns, the food or the fireworks. You will surely find a worthy subject worthy for your attention. 

The most important part of Chinese New Year is the family reunion. Everyone tries to return to their families for the New Year’s Eve dinner. This results in the largest annual migration of people in the world. It is estimated in China alone in 2022, three billion trips will be made by people traveling to visit family for the holiday.

Bring your red media of choice - watercolors, colored pencils, pastels or others. In China, red relates to fire and energy, and has come to symbolize vitality, celebration, good fortune and prosperity. During Chinese New Year gifts are given in small, red envelopes, called “hong bao,” and Chinese homes are decorated with bright red banners to bring good luck. 

There are no fees. All skill levels are welcome. 

Registration for this virtual event is required. Click on the link below:

Photographic references for this event are provided below:

Future Events

February 12th - Castles and Countryside of Great Britain

February 19th - Black History Month

February 26th - Chihuly Gardens and Glass

NYC Urban Sketchers is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. A tax-deductible donation may be made by check and sent to: NYC Urban Sketchers, P.O. Box 1083, James A. Farley Post Office, New York, NY 10116. 

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