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Type Daytime
National Maritime Museum
Date and Times 29 January 2022
Prices Free

Welcome in the new year with celebrations onsite and online with a whole host of activities, videos and performances for Lunar New Year. 

We'll be adding to this page in the build-up to the New Year, so check back for more great ideas and resources.

A traditional dragon dance at the National Maritime Museum performed during Chinese New Year

Lunar New Year Performances

Watch our special Lunar New Year performances, including an Erhu performance from local musician Mr Duong Yang

Lunar New Year Online Highlights

Discover more events, talks and activities to help celebrate Lunar New Year online

The Legend of Nian

Join Deaf storyteller Deppa Shastri as she tells the story of Nian, a legandary monster. Discover why red is a good luck colour in China and why people wear brightly coloured clothes to celebrate the New Year. 

This story is in British Sign Language, with voiceover interpretation and captions.

Character Encounters: James Robson

Meet James Robson, cook on board the Cutty Sark. Discover what life was like on board the Cutty Sark and find out what’s for dinner.

Curious Collections with Chinese Connections

Find out about fascinating objects from the National Maritime Museum collections that have Chinese connections.

Chinese collections and connections

Craft activities to try at home

Baby looking at craft activities for Chinese New Year

Can't make it to the event on site? Why not try these Lunar New Year inspired craft activities at home? Click here to learn how to make a hongbao and a lucky fish poster, or create an origami lotus flower with the Vietnamese Women's Group.

Find more family craft activities

Chinese astronomy

Join our Chinese Community show to hear an astronomer from the Royal Observatory Greenwich explore topics in ancient and modern Chinese astronomy, including the Sun, Moon, stars and space exploration. 

Book tickets

Lunar New Year facts and traditions

Chinese lanterns

Find out more about how and why we celebrate Lunar New Year with our local partners the Newham Chinese Association. From dances and decoration to food and festivities, what are the origins of new year celebrations today? 

Learn more about Lunar New Year

Chinese tea traditions and ceremonies

Tai Chi and Qigong demonstration

The ancient Chinese practices of Tai Chi and Qigong combine slow, deliberate movements, meditation, and breathing exercises. Join Tai Chi and Qigong specialist Chew Yeen Lawes as she presents a selection of movements for you to follow from these traditional martial arts.

This 10-minute instructional video will exercise your body and mind as well enrich your knowledge of traditional Chinese culture.

This video has been made in collaboration with Global fusion Arts and Music.

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