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Chinese New Year Celebrations Begin in Kansas City

The Chinese New Year is also called the Spring Festival. And it's considered the most important traditional Chinese holiday. Families clean their houses to symbolically sweep away ill fortune and make way for good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red to celebrate the themes of happiness, wealth and longevity.


Kansas City, MO –

KCUR's Laura Spencer caught up with members of the Kansas City Chinese Music Ensemble and Colin Mackenzie, Senior Curator of Early Chinese Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to talk about traditional instruments, and this year's animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac: the Tiger.

The first day of the Chinese New Year is February 14, 2010.

Find out more about the February 5 & 6 Chinese New Year celebrations at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art here and the February 6, 2010 celebration at JCCC (please note: this event is sold out) here.

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