Year of the Dragon: Chinese New Year at DE Art Museum

year of the dragonCome celebrate Chinese New Year: the Year of the Dragon!

Saturday, January 28th 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
FREE sixth annual Chinese New Year Celebration at the Delaware Art Museum!


  • traditional Chinese art activities
  • artist demonstrations
  • dragon art scavenger hunt
  • dragon dance and Chinese yo-yo performance by the Chinese American Community Center Folk Dance Troupe and Yo-Yo Club (!)
  • special Chinese circus acrobatics performance by Yang Xiao Di
  • artwork by children from the Chinese School of Delaware will be on display.

Presented in conjunction with Hanlin Chinese Culture Association.

Maverick and I are both Dragons, so here’s a bit of Dragon lore:

Full of vitality and enthusiasm, the Dragon is a popular individual even with the reputation of being foolhardy and a “big mouth” at times. You are intelligent, gifted, and a perfectionist but these qualities make you unduly demanding on others. You would be well-suited to be an artist, priest, or politician.

Magnanimous, stately, vigorous, strong, self-assured, proud, noble, direct, dignified, eccentric, intellectual, fiery, passionate, decisive, pioneering, artistic, generous, and loyal. Can be tactless, arrogant, imperious, tyrannical, demanding, intolerant, dogmatic, violent, impetuous, and brash. (from wikipedia)

Dragons symbolize such character traits as dominance and ambition. Dragons prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They’re passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion… While Dragons frequently help others, rarely will they ask for help. Others are attracted to Dragons, especially their colorful personalities, but deep down, Dragons prefer to be alone. Perhaps that is because they’re most successful when working alone. Their preference to be alone can come across as arrogance or conceitedness, but these qualities aren’t applicable. Dragons have tempers that can flare fast!

I was born in 1976: Fire Dragons put themselves on pedestals, and because they react quickly and recklessly, they sometimes make wrong decisions. Fire Dragons need to slow down and keep their tempers in check as that’s when they’re best.

Mav was born in 2000: Metal strengthens this already strong sign. Metal Dragons are more determined and they’ll fight for what they believe in. They enjoy the company of those who feel mighty enough to challenge their beliefs. They’re true leaders and usually find plenty of others willing to follow.

Having a kid in 2012? Great year for Dragons: Water calms the Dragon’s fire. Water Dragons are able to see things from other points of view. They don’t have the need to always be right. Their decisions, if well-researched, are usually better since they allow others to become involved.


The museum is located by Rockford Park on Kentmere Parkway. Directions, more info available on the Delaware Art Museum website.


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