MECA celebrates Chinese New Year

The Year of the Horse

To celebrate the dawning of Chinese New Year and the launch of Maine College of Art’s Year in China, two distinguished figures from the Chinese-American cultural scene. Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith, authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac series, will be offering audiences insights into the Year of the Horse.  The traditional Chinese almanac, also known as the Tong Sing or Huang Li, is a centuries-old repository of cultural information from household tips to general medical remedies. But it’s the almanac’s predictions of which days are auspicious or ominous for a wide range of activities that has made the annual publication a mainstay in Chinese homes. For five years now, Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith have translated and decoded the almanac’s predictions.  The event takes place Thursday, February 13, 12.00 p.m.-1.30pm ICA, Maine College of Art. Free and Open to All