The 22nd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden produced in partnership with the Secret Lantern Society transforms the Garden into a magical place on December 21, from 6pm –10pm with hundreds of hand-made lanterns, live music, shadow puppets and hot aromatic tea. It’s a perfect place to bring the family and even have a date!
Monday Dec. 21, 2015 from 6pm-10pm
General $10 | Couple $15 | Family $20 (2 adults + 2 children 17 and under)
Garden Members $6
Start the Chinese winter solstice celebration, dong zhi, by participating in a lantern-making workshop at the Strathcona Community Centre, and join in the procession through the streets of Strathcona from 6pm – 6:20pm. Then follow the drums of African Crossing to a dream-like evening at the Garden, where Secret Lantern Society artists have created a unique and delightful environment of beauty and warmth to celebrate the longest night of the year.
Enjoy hundreds of whimsical lanterns throughout the Garden and immerse yourself in The Conference Of The Birds where beautiful bird lanterns have come to roost. Participate in nature-inspired shadow puppetry with the Lost and Found Puppet Company or add your own dash of creativity to the Community Lantern hosted by the Community Arts Council.
Create beautiful solstice headdress using organic materials such as leaves and dried flowers or release a lovely Lotus Lantern into the pond and let it carry your illuminated wishes into the night ($5/activity).
Treat yourself to tea and participate in a tea ceremony with Adrian Sinclair & Lars Nielsen while listening to featured performers including the wild drums of African Crossing, the powerful First Nations songs and drums of Audrey Siegl (Musqueam) and Victor Thompson (Haida), atmospheric jazz of the Saul Berson Duo, and the lively Balkan traditions of Zeellia.
The annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival was created by the Secret Lantern Society in 1993 in honour of the sun’s return. This community celebration incorporates musical and artistic traditions from numerous cultures around the world.
For the Chinese and throughout East Asia, the winter solstice celebration (the Dongzhi Festival, literally: “the extreme of Winter”), is one of the most important festivals. Traditionally, it’s a time for the family to get together and celebrate with specially prepared food, particularly the making and eating of tangyuan (湯圓) or balls of glutinous rice, which symbolize reunion. The celebration marks the beginning of the return of the sun and the shifting of the energies yin to yang in the cosmological balance. Families gather to honour their ancestors and to eat warm and rich foods.
Regardless of your origin, come and join us in the Garden with your families, friends, dates or neighbours and bring light to the winter!
The 22nd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival is an annual one-day multi-venue festival presented by the Secret Lantern Society in partnership with the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Chinatown.To find out more about the other venues (False Creek Community Centre and Performance Works on Granville Island, and the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre in Yaletown, please visit www.secretlantern.org.