Northwest NEWS

February 8, 1999


Celebrate Lunar New Year at the Burke Museum

   Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a meal with family and friends in a University District restaurant, then visit the Burke Museum.

   Throughout the entire month of February, patrons of eight participating Asian restaurants in the University District can receive half-price admission to the Burke Museum by showing their restaurant receipt. Restaurants include: Noble Palace, Wonder Wok, China First, Snow Garden, Mandarin Chef, Thanh Vi, Saigon Deli, and Hawaii BBQ.

   This year, the Lunar New Year falls on February 16, coinciding with Northshore's winter break. The Burke Museum will celebrate from February 13-19 with fun and Lunar New Year activities for kids each day between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Make a red money envelope for good luck, color a paper banner for prosperity, or try your hand at using chopsticks in the Chopstick Challenge.

   Unlike the mean scary dragons of some European cultures, the dragon of the Asian cultures is a powerful but benevolent mythical beast. Join the "Lions and Dragons and More, Oh My" search game and use clues to find dragons and other creatures within the Museum's permanent Pacific Voices exhibit.

   Come see the Chinese dining room on display to learn about the types and meanings of the special foods served during the Lunar New Year. For example:

   In ancient times, all gods were believed to report at the end of the year to the Jade Emperor, the ruler of all gods in heaven and earth. One New Year's tradition is to take a paper image of a kitchen god, smear honey on his lips, and then burn it, so he will say only good things about the family in his report.