20th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden
Date: Sat. December 21st | 6:00 – 10:00pm
Cost: $5.00 a person OR $10.00 a family (2 adults and 2 children)
(Cash transactions encouraged for speedier entrance)
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the Secret Lantern Society are proud to present the Winter Solstice Festival. Come bring light into the world on the longest, darkest night of the year!
For thousands of years, cultures around the world have celebrated the Winter Solstice – the time when winter reaches its depths, and when days begin to grow longer as nature heralds the spring. In China, the Winter Solstice celebration (dong zhi) is a time when family and friends gather together, exchange gifts, eat, drink and
laugh long into the deep dark night. There is a Chinese proverb that signifies its importance: 冬大過年
(Winter Solstice is more important than Lunar New Year).
Dong zhi is linked to the Chinese belief in the balance of the opposing elements of yin and yang. The yin qualities of darkness and cold reach their fullest on Winter Solstice. However, with the fullness of yin comes a turning point – a rebirth – as darkness gives way to the yang qualities of light and warmth, when winter waxes and spring approaches.
Come together with friends and family! Warm your bellies with our signature Dragon Spice holiday tea and a delicious hot bun, and warm your hearts with the breathtaking landscape. Lantern artists reimagine the beauty of the Garden with whimsical and spectacular pieces while diverse performers take the stage throughout the evening.
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This year we will be featuring a life size horse sculpture to welcome the upcoming Year of the Horse.