MIMS 2024 Chinese New Year Festival - Year of the Dragon
Saturday, February 24, 2024
10am - 3pm
5445 W. Alabama Street, Houston, TX 77056
Chinese New Year consists of 15 days of celebrations. The initial day of festivities falls on the day of the first new moon between January 21 and February 20.
One folk story is about a monster named Nian (translates to “year”) who attacks people at the start of the year. Nian is afraid of the color red, bright lights and loud noises. These three elements are plentiful in celebrations to chase the monster away. Lion dances scare off evil spirits while dragon dances bring good luck.
The biggest focus for Chinese New Year is family reunions and honoring your ancestors. People travel far and wide to spend time with their families. Celebrations consist of food items filled with symbolism to bring in the luckiest, most prosperous new year. Fish for example means extra, in hopes of extra wealth. Chicken and oranges symbolize good luck, because the Chinese pronunciation is similar.
Other common customs include red envelopes filled with money to children, firecrackers, a big meal with family, and paying respects to relatives who have passed away.
There are 12 zodiac animals, for each year in the zodiac calendar. The animals have individual characteristics. In 2024, we celebrate the year of the dragon.
Thank you to our participating vendors! A generous 25% of proceeds will be going back to PTO.
Mala Sichuan Bistro
Angry Mom's Kitchen
Liu's Mama Vegetarian
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MIDDLE SCHOOL PERFORMANCES
Congratulations to our t-shirt contest winner, 7th Grader Yue Yuan Zhang. Yue Yuan's design will be featured on MIMS' Year of the Dragon t-shirt for purchase here. Also, a special recognition to 5th Grader Amanda Liao in second place and 3rd Grader Christopher Lu in third place.
Thank you to our 2024 Festival Sponsors
Richard & Marianne Cusick
Helen & Dutch Quigley
Pauline & Chris Teng
Amy Takashima & Andy Sung
Felix & Lillian Zhai | Georgia Tobin
Sean & Sheryl Li | Liam & Allison Xu
Ruby Lin | Hiram & Hannah Zhou
Hubert & Robert Tan | Ethan Yu
Ming-Cheng Wang | Charlie Liu
Evelyn & Ethan Brice