Asian Art Museum 33rd Annual Japanese New Year Bell-Ringing Ceremony

On Sunday, December 30, the Asian Art Museum marks the close of 2018 and welcomes 2019 with its annual Japanese New Year Bell-Ringing Ceremony, inviting members of the public to reflect upon the passing year and literally ring in the New Year!

Now celebrating its 33rd year and following a New Year tradition practiced for centuries, a 2,100-LB., 16th century Japanese bronze bell - originally from a temple in Tajima Province and now part of the museum's permanent collection - will be struck 108 times by museum visitors to curb the 108 mortal desires that, according to Buddhist belief, torment humankind.

While you wait your turn, fold paper cranes for luck and prosperity in the New Year. First come, first served. Pick up tickets to ring the bell at the main entrance to Samsung Hall.

It is recommended that you arrive at Samsung Hall no later than 12 pm.

WHEN: Sunday, December 30, 2018 // 11:30am - 2pm

WHERE: Asian Art Museum - 200 Larkin St, San Francisco

FREE with museum admission

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