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Spotlight Asia: Year Of The Rooster

Part of Celebrate Culture!

Painting (Mounted & Framed), Rooster, Asian Ethnographic Collection, AMNH.

The Museum’s Lunar New Year festival focuses on the Rooster, a character who greets the rising sun, banishes darkness, and is known for his punctuality and reliability. Celebrate Asian art and culture through hands-on activities led by local artisans and Museum scientists. Learn about the long-standing relationship between domesticated birds and people and surprising connections about the powerful Rooster, including his link to dinosaurs!

Day of Events 


The New York Times
New York Today: The Year of the Rooster

Where New York
The Ultimate NYC Go-To Guide For Lunar New Year



Chickens ‘changed the world.’ So why do we ignore them?

More than 2,000 years ago, the inhabitants of a settlement in what is now eastern England did something that might seem totally unremarkable: They put a chicken in a pot.


Despite what you might think, chickens are not stupid 

Chickens have a reputation for being profoundly dumb, but in fact they are remarkably intelligent and may even be empathic




Spotlight Asia is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Support for Celebrate Culture! is provided, in part, by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.; the Sidney, Milton and Leoma Simon Foundation; and the family of Frederick H. Leonhardt.