Date posted: 01/23/2012
Celebrate Chinese New Year in Butte, Montana!
Happy Chinese New Year! This year commemorates the Year of the Dragon. The Mai Wah Society in Butte, Montana is celebrating the New Year with a parade, taiko drumming, an art show, and a movie screening. Read below for more information on each of these celebrations and don’t miss out!
Celebrated since 1998, this year’s Chinese New Year’s Parade is on February 4. The parade begins at the Courthouse on 155 West Granite at 3pm. It will follow a Montana Taiko drum performance held in the Courthouse Rotunda.
Butte’s parade is recognized by Reader’s Digest as one of the best in the United States. It is the shortest, loudest and often the coldest as well. The taiko group will accompany the dragon during the parade. Businesses that donate towards the parade will receive a special Dragon dance blessing for prosperity in 2012. These blessings will be performed on Friday, January 27. Those businesses along the parade route (see their website here) will receive blessings on the day of the parade.
In celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Butte Public Library will also present the documentary film “Last Train Home” at 6pm. The award-winning film is a family story about the journey home for Chinese New Year with 130 million migrant workers in China.
A Year of the Dragon Art Show will also open February 4th at the Venus Rising Café on 128 W. Granite in Butte. The Show ends February 25 at noon with prizes awarded to artists whose work is chosen by the public.
The Mai Wah Society is a non-profit organization established for educational, charitable and scientific purposes. It conducts research and public education about the history, culture and conditions of Asian people in the Rocky Mountain West. The Mai Wah Society collects and preserves artifacts, historic buildings, creates public exhibits and assists in research and publication of general interest of Asian culture. It also supports a museum that is closed for the season (October through April) but individuals can call for a tour at 406-498-3424.