Year of the Dragon Temple Fair: A Hot & Noisy Affair at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden – January 28 – 29, 2012


Year of the Dragon Temple Fair A Hot & Noisy Affair at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden - January 28 - 29, 2012

Year of the Dragon Temple Fair:
A Hot & Noisy Affair
Chinese New Year Festival
Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden

Saturday, January 28
A “Sneak Peeking” Afternoon
1pm – 4:30pm (By Donation)

Sunday, January 29, 2012
Full Day Celebration
10am-4:30pm (By Donation)

Suggested Donation: $5.00/person. No one turned away.
Free Stroller Parking!

Based on the temple fairs of old, this year’s Chinese New Year celebration will consist of a “Hot & Noisy” (re-nao) mixture of traditional cultural activities. The Chinese Word “Re Nao” is often used to describe the “hustle & bustle” of crowds on the street.

Saturday, January 28
A sneak peek! Get a taste of the festivities to come on Sunday. Perfect for those who prefer to skip the crowd. By donation 1pm-4:30pm.

Sunday, January 29
Full day of celebrations including:

  • Traditional Chinese games and activities: red couplet writing, calligraphy, bean bag toss, “ballon dragon” twisting, lantern riddles, “paper dragon” folding demonstration, dumpling making demonstration, traditional toys, arts and crafts
  • Red envelopes handed out by “grandma and grandpa” (10am-noon only), incense and wish making at the altar
  • Fortune Telling
  • Water Calligraphy on the floor of Jade Water Pavillion
  • Traditional Lucky Coin Toss for prosperity
  • Live Music with Larry Yan on the flute and the spirited Chinese-Celtic tunes of the Black Bear Rebels & Friends, featuring Toddish McWong
  • Food and Drinks: spiced “Dragon” tea & freshly-baked Bonchaz buns
  • Replay Your Tea with Us” – A modern multi-media tea ceremony blending the traditional Chinese Gong Fu Tea Ceremony with digital video processing. In partnership with Pandora Benevolent Society.
  • Taichi demonstration with Derek Cheng
  • Eco-Art 7-piece Dragon installation, in partnership with the Community Arts Council of Vancouver

Complete Schedule of Events

Throughout the Garden

All Day Water Calligraphy
Traditional Han Chinese Fashion

Hall of One Hundred Rivers

1:00 – 2:00pm Chinese Flute by Larry Yan

2:30pm & 3:30pm The Black Bear Rebels w/ Toddish McWong

All Day Paper Cutting Demonstration w/ Malisa Tsai
Art Exhibition: Dragons & Dragon Boats
Dumpling Making
Couplets Writing
Paper Dragon Folding
Hot Bonchaz Buns

Hall of One Hundred Rivers Courtyard

All Day Eco-arts Dragon Installation by the Community Arts Council of Vancouver

China Maple Hall

10:00am — 12:00pm “Grandma & Grandpa” handing out Lucky Red Envelopes

All Day Altar Table for Prayers
Spiced Dragon Tea

China Maple Hall Courtyard

11:00am Tai Chi demonstration by Derek Cheng

Ting Mountain

All Day Dragon Lantern Installation by Nicole Jang
Ting Lantern Panel Installation by Craig Stewart

Double Corridor

All Day Lantern Riddles

Willow Courtyard

All Day Fortune Telling

Magnolia Courtyard

All Day Incense, Prayers & Wish Granting
Lightness of Hope Installation by Haruko Okano

Jade Water Pavilion

All Day Balloon Twisting

10:30am Mini Garden Tour

11:30am Mini Garden Tour

12:30pm Mini Garden Tour

1:30pm Mini Garden Tour

2:30pm Mini Garden Tour

3:00pm Mini Garden Tour

South Moon Gate

All Day “Garden Getaway for 2” Contest

South Courtyard

All Day Lucky Coin Toss
Bean Bag Toss
Children’s Hands-on Arts & Crafts

Scholar’s Study
All Day “Replay Your Tea with Me”: Multimedia Tea Ceremonies w/Pandora Benevolent Society

Scholar’s Courtyard

All Day Traditional Chinese Toys

For more information, please visit: http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

Image: どごでもいっごょ

Check out the 2012 Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade — Year of the Dragon (video x photo gallery)


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