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Annual Chinese New Year celebration at Nevada State Museum (sponsored)


Large cultural event includes a procession through Carson City’s downtown corridor 

The Nevada State Museum, Carson City, and the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada will host a Chinese New Year Celebration starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, the Lunar New Year. Festivities begin in the Nevada State Museum, Carson City with crafts and traditional Chinese dances. 

The public is invited to follow the lion dancers in a precession at 11:00 a.m. to the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada.  There, the celebration continues with activities and events in the afternoon. 

Chinese New Year is the most important and longest celebration on the Chinese calendar. “Our Lunar New Year celebration is open to everyone as a fun way to experience Chinese culture and learn its ancient traditions meant to bring good fortune all year,” says Dr. Joshua Bonde, Director of the Nevada State Museum. 

People from China lived in Nevada as early as 1851 when Nevada was part of the Utah Territory. In 1860, the Dayton area was marked on maps as “Chinatown.” The Nevada State Museum holds extensive collections from several Chinese settlements throughout Nevada. The museum will highlight a few of these objects during the event.  

Based on the Chinese Zodiac Calendar, the Lunar New Year is the most anticipated and celebrated festival in China and for those observing it worldwide. This year’s sign is the Rabbit which represents the Moon as well as softness, tenderness, and gentleness according to the Chinese Zodiac. 

The event is a collaboration with the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada. 

The museum is at 600 N. Carson St. in Carson City. Regular museum admission is $10 for adults and free for members and children ages 17 and younger. This program is funded in part by a grant from Nevada Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

About the Nevada State Museum, Carson City 

Founded in 1939, The Nevada State Museum (NSM) preserves the state’s history through unique and authentic educational experiences via its collections, exhibits, events, and outreach activities. The knowledge of the staff’s archivists, scientists, and historians provides leadership in heritage education which adheres to the highest standards of public-trust stewardship. For more information, visit https://www.carsonnvmuseum.org/ 

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Samantha Szesciorka
Samantha Szesciorka
Samantha Szesciorka is the Content Marketing Specialist for the Nevada Division of Tourism and Cultural Affairs. She is passionate about Nevada, history, and news. Samantha graduated from the Defense Information school after studying journalism and from the University of Nevada, Reno after studying history. She is a former military journalist, television news producer, and magazine editor. In her free time, Samantha can usually be found riding her horse somewhere in Nevada.