Chinese New Year – Year of the Snake Temple Fair

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Chinese New Year – Year of the Snake Temple Fair
February 17, 2013 10:00 am
February 17, 2013 4:00 pm
January 7, 2013

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall Street, Vancouver) on Sunday, February 17, 2013, from 10 am to 4 pm. The Garden presents a special “The Year of the Snake Temple Fair”, a “Hot and Noisy” (re-nao) public event that’s based on the Spring Festival temple fair where people entertain, trade, greet, celebrate and pray for a prosperous new year. The Chinese Word “Re Nao” is often used to describe the “hustle & bustle” of crowds on the street. All around the world, the Chinese Lunar New Year is one of the most exciting and colourful holidays. Families and individuals come together to wish each other fortune, prosperity and good health.

According to Chinese zodiac theory, the snake symbol is highly associated with intelligence, charm, balance, and elegance. Some of the highlights at the Garden for this day-long celebration include:

  • Traditional Chinese games: bean bag toss, wei-qi, ma-jiang, chopstick games, lantern riddles, yo-yos, shuttlecock and lucky coin toss.
  • Activities: dumpling and noodle making demonstration, incense and wish making, tea ceremony with Adrian Sinclair and Luke Moloney.
  • Arts and crafts for kids: pinwheel, colouring, face painting, balloon twisting
  • Lucky Red envelopes handed out by “grandma and grandpa”.
  • Live Music Joanna Wang (Er Hu), Larry Yan (flute), Toddish McWong (accordion).
  • Food and Drinks: candied fruit on sticks, hot tea
  • Exhibitions: Eco-Arts Water Snake installation by artist Alastair Heseltine (in partnership with the Community Arts Council of Vancouver), Zodiac exhibition showcases mini figurines from Asia, and come find out what your symbol means.
  • Learning: story telling, jade appreciation, calligraphy practice.

Look for the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden banner in the annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade 2013 in Chinatown, and follow the lion dancers as they guide you to the entrance of the Garden for a day filled with traditional activities, delightful performances and cultural exchanges.

This event is presented in partnership with Dawa Media Group and T &T Supermarket.

Entrance by donation. Suggested: $5.
All welcome. Free Stroller Parking.

For media inquiry, please contact Debra Zhou ( or call 604-662-3207 x 209.

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