The Year of the Horse Temple Fair
at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden
Sunday Feb. 2, 2014
10am – 4pm
Suggested donation $5
To celebrate traditional Chinese New Year, the Garden presents a special “The Year of the Horse Temple Fair”, a “Hot and Noisy” (re-nao) public event 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 colorful holidays. Families and individuals come together to wish each other good fortune, prosperity and good health.
Get into the spirit of the festival by wearing your brightest red clothing! Red is considered to be a lucky color and is commonly worn throughout Chinese New Year. It was once believed that red could scare away evil spirits and bad fortune.
Programs and Activities
Live Music Performances
- Traditional bamboo flute performed by Su Lin
- Guzheng performed by Yuyin Ruan
- Traditional Chinese music performed by the Chinese Heritage Instrument Club
- Multicultural concert performed by Toddish McWong and Friends
Traditional Chinese Dance & Workshop
2 – 2:45 pm
Enjoy and participate in traditional Chinese dance performances including fans, drums, handkerchiefs and umbrellas with Jessica Yue.
Gongfu Tea Ceremony
10 am – 4:00 pm
You and your family can engage in a practice that took Chinese tea master years to perfect as Lars Nielson and Adrian Sinclair take us through a traditional Gongfu Tea Ceremony involving ritualized preparation and presentation of tea.
Traditional Chinese Games
Lots of fun but not so easy! Try out traditional Chinese games but make sure to bring your A game as your athletic ability and mental dexterity will definitely be tested.
Your little ones will love what we have planned for them: running around and screaming to chase out evil spirits (as tradition requires), dress-ups, fun arts and crafts, and all the other things they are not allowed to do at home.
We have so much more. You just need to come and visit us on February 2nd. Do not forget – 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon.
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