Ambassador Cui Tiankai Opened "Chinese New Year Family Day"
at Smithsonian American Art Museum


On January 30, 2016, Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai joined Under Secretary of Smithsonian Institution Richard Kurin and Director of Smithsonian American Art Museum Elizabeth Broun in an eye-dotting ceremony to open the museum's third "Chinese New Year Family Day" and sent best wishes for the Chinese New Year, a year of Monkey.


The museum was decorated with festive red lanterns, Chinese knots and paper-cuts. Peope were waiting in a long queue to enter the Museum even before it opened. The audience was fascinated by acrobatics, Beijing opera and Chinese traditional music brought by artists from Henan Province, China. The Monkey King in Beijing opera, monkey clay-figurine by Master Zhang, papercut and Wuyang farmers' painting from Henan were particularly attractive to children. Kids packed booths of paper cutting, clay modeling, monkey mask coloring, red lantern making and Chinese knot braiding. They also enjoyed watching lion dance and the live Panda Cam by the National Zoo and trying on Chinese traditional costumes for photos. According to the museum, about 7300 people participated in the event.


Smithsonian American Art Museum is located in downtown Washington D.C, close to Chinatown. This is the third year that the museum has held a "Chinese New Year Family Day" to celebrate Chinese new year. Dr. Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for history, art and culture of the Smithsonian Institution, said in an interview that "the Smithsonian Institution is dedicated to the promotion of understanding among peoples, cultures, arts and traditions. Chinese New Year Family Day shows the respect of the Smithsonian Institution to other peoples and cultures in the world."


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