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January 3, 2019

Chinese New Year – 2019: Year of the Pig

Chinese New Year 2019
Events for Chinese New Year 2019 – Year of the Pig: Love, Balance, Happiness

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — January 3, 2019— The Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art is hosting its 15th Annual Chinese New Year Art Competition, ” Love, Balance, Happiness” and Family Day Celebration.

The student art competition invited over 50 submissions and the competition submissions are being displayed at The Belz Museum in the Education Lobby, now through February 3, 2019. The public is encouraged to vote, as winners will be determined by popular vote. Art Competition winners will be announced at Belz Museum’s Annual Chinese New Year Family Day Celebration on Saturday, February 9, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Winners will be chosen from four categories based upon current school level. In addition to receiving prizes, the winners will have their pieces displayed at the Belz Museum during the Chinese New Year. All participants are welcome to attend the museum’s celebration where they can receive free admission, participate in arts and crafts, enter a raffle and learn about Chinese art and culture.

According to the myths, the Pig was the last to arrive when the Jade Emperor called for the great meeting. Other sources said that Buddha called for a great meeting when he was about to leave the Earth. The Pig came in last. Legend has it that just as the emperor was about to call it a day, an oink and squeal was heard from a little Pig. The term “lazy Pig” is due here as the Pig got hungry during the race, promptly stopped for a feast then fell asleep. After the nap, the Pig continued the race and was named the 12th and last animal of the zodiac cycle.

MUSEUM INFORMATION:
Hours of operation: Tuesday – Friday: 10-5:30pm, Saturday and Sunday: 12-5pm, Closed Monday
Location: Located in the heart of downtown Memphis, the museum is just one block west of the famous Peabody Hotel and is accessible from the Main Street Trolley line. The museum is within walking distance of great shopping, dining, and Memphis’ own Beale Street.

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