There is a party at the Maridon Museum for the Chinese New Year. This year is the Year of the Dragon.
The Maridon Museum is right in the middle of North McKean Street in Butler. It’s a must-see for art fans. A lot of different kinds of people come to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Xiaofan Zhang, who is from the north of China, and Ran Peng, who is from around Hong Kong, picked this strange place to celebrate the start of the Year of the Dragon.
A small town where people from many different cultures live together
Zhang would have spent the Lunar New Year with his family in his hometown, which is not far from Beijing. They would have had a lot of tasty soups with beef and pork, noodles, and dumplings. This happy event, which is a lot like Thanksgiving, is very important to the people of China. Zhang and Peng are both studying arts management at Carnegie Mellon University. They chose to go on a trip to the Maridon Museum, which is on the university’s Pittsburgh campus.
The Maridon Museum’s East Asian Treasures are a Treat for the Eyes and the Noses.
There was a new moon for the first time on February 9. The Year of the Dragon had started, ending the Year of the Rabbit. To learn more about the wide range of East Asian art, the Maridon Museum was a safe place to go. Zhang and Peng were among the guests who were amazed by the pretty things Mary Hulton Phillips had left behind. The museum was in the United States in the middle of a small town. It had a lot of different kinds of Asian art, like tapestries, beautiful landscape paintings, and Meissen Blanc De Chine ceramic figures made of jade and ivory.
Looking for the truth about scavenger hunts, dragons, and pearls
As people looked at the art more, they played a special game inside the gallery to win prizes. They had to look for and count all the dragons and pearls that were hidden in the art. People in China believe that dragons are symbols of power and wealth. To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, this fun game was made. Rozann Booser, who runs the group, talked about what the dragons and pearls meant. The gems stood for knowledge, and the dragons stood for wealth and strength.
What the trip means, from tortoises to dancing horses, and how to find your way through it
Ran Peng was interested in a jade sculpture that looked like a turtle with a dragon’s head. In China, turtles are a sign of life, which makes the trip to the museum even more moving. Roxann Booser used a painting of a horse dancing on a tomb from the Tang Dynasty to show how deeply powerful Chinese culture is. The bright colours of the sculpture were still there after many years. It’s clear that the objects are very important to the people who live there.
Zhang and Peng were among the people who went to the Maridon Museum to celebrate the Chinese New Year. They saw how art and traditions from their own country fit together. The art and music from the party for the Year of the Dragon could be heard.