Qing Ming Festival
Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre St., Manhattan)
$10, reservations required: 212.619.4785
Qing Ming is a time to honor family and celebrate the arrival of the spring season. Join us at MOCA for a day of kite making, seed sowing, and sharing family memories. Also on the schedule: family friendly tours of our core exhibition, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America and storytelling with special guest Mingmei Yip.
Kite Making: Flying kites is one of the most popular activities during Qing Ming. Throughout the afternoon, participants will be invited to make and embellish their own, fully-functional, animal-themed kites.
Sowing Seeds: Every spring, farmers begin plowing and planting. Mark the beginning of this special time of year by planting seeds with your families that you will be able to watch grow at home.
Family Stories, A Communal Collection: MOCA is a place where stories are collected and shared. One of the most important aspects of traditional Qing Ming Festivals involves honoring family. Throughout the afternoon, children and adults will be encouraged to think about a family member who has played a special role in their lives and to tell us something about those individuals through writing or drawing. Each of these ‘stories’ will be presented in a special place within the museum during the Festival resulting in a larger, communal collection of family-inspired words and images.
Storytelling: Author and Illustrator Mingmei Yip reads from her new book, Grandma Panda’s China Storybook: Legends, Traditions, and Fun.