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FARMINGTON — The Farmington Museum at Gateway Park hosted its fourth annual Chinese New Year celebration with a variety of activities to bring in the Year of the Rooster.

Children and families participated in a number of activities set up in the lobby of the museum today. The Chinese New Year starts on Jan. 28 and is a celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Adrienne Boggs, museum education coordinator, said this year’s event was scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. instead of a three-hour event like previous years. The change was made to give people more flexibility in regard to when to attend the event and to encourage more people to come.

Museum officials have included elements of the Four Corners in past celebrations, including bringing in sheep and Navajo weavers in 2015 to celebrate the Year of the Sheep.

Emily and Jackson Jensen, along with their mother, Briana Jensen, spent part of their time crafting Chinese paper lanterns out of construction paper. Emily Jackson, 6, said she had fun making the lantern with her mother’s help.

One of the activities allowed participants to write down a wish on a piece of paper that was tied to an orange and thrown into a tree outside of the museum. Emily Jackson said she wished for a unicorn.

Megan Tea brought her five children to the event and took time to participate in an activity tied into the Year of the Rooster. Children colored a drawing of a rooster, then traced their hands on a piece of paper and cut it out to make the tail of the rooster.

Tea said she enjoyed how the museum offered events like the Chinese New Year celebration.

Danielle Greyeyes said she appreciated how the city of Farmington presents events tied into the Chinese New Year and other holidays, including Cinco de Mayo.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.

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