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Celebrating Chinese New Year

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Witter Gallery offers sights, sounds, taste of Oriental holiday

Known in China as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year celebrates the earth coming back to life. Storm Lake will have a new opportunity to join in the timeless celebration, as the Witter Art Gallery will host a Chinese New Year community event at the gallery Friday, starting at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.

Storm Laker Khamlo Khounlo will be accompanied by Meuang Rarranavong on a traditional bamboo flute to provide music for the event. Homemade egg rolls made by Houng Khounlo also will be featured.

The celebration also will feature paper folding and stories by Gui-jie Zhang. The ordained Storm Lake minister and well-known artist holds a bachelors degree in art from the Academy of Arts in Chang Chun.

She taught art at the Nanjing Theological seminary where she developed a style known as 'peasant art,' which featured strongly defined characters in bold and vibrant colors.

Her paintings have been exhibited in Europe and United States. For the last five years she has worked with the Prospect Hill Presbyterian Church serving the spiritual needs of the Southeast Asian community of Storm Lake.

Zhang will be tell the Lantern Story and demonstrate Chinese paper folding by making a lantern from twelve sheets of paper. Rev. Zhang will tell a story to explain the meaning of Chinese New Year while folding a monster hat and will be available to lead others interested in trying these paper folding techniques.

January 23, 2004 begins the Chinese New Year of the Monkey. This tradition is celebrated as a special time to reunite with family. Departed relatives are respectfully remembered as vital to the foundation of a fortunate and strong family. The Chinese New Year, based on a combination of lunar and solar movements, begins with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. Family unity and the honoring of past and present generations are part of it's traditions.

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