Coming Home: Traditions of Chinese New Year
Jan. 17 – Feb. 24 | 10am – 4pm
Included with admission, free for Garden members
Family is at the core of Chinese New Year, and the rituals and customs of this traditional celebration are expressed through colourful symbols and lively stories that awaken the senses. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents its first full Garden exhibition, Coming Home: Traditions of Chinese New Year, to connect you with the practices of one of the oldest and grandest observances in Chinese culture, the lunar new year Spring Festival. With interactive and educational displays throughout the Garden, you will learn about the meanings behind important cultural practices and how they have endured from antiquity to today.
Be immersed in an experience centered on four major themes of Chinese New Year: decorating, eating, connecting and celebrating. Engage in a diverse array of installations such as the traditional New Year’s Eve family feast, Chinese papercut imagery designed by local artists for Coming Home, an altar table with symbolic foods that you can sample, educational panels, and installations for guests to share their cultural new year memories and more.
The Garden will also host its annual festival, this year we celebrate the Year of the Rooster Temple Fair on Sunday January 29. Come enjoy arts and crafts, demonstrations of tai chi and traditional music and participate in age-old traditions such as scaring away evil spirits with a lively lion dance and receiving lucky red envelopes from elders.
The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden would like to thank May Y. Wong for her generosity and support in funding this exhibition and its related programming.
May’s contribution furthers our endeavour to engage people in intercultural appreciation and allows the Garden to work directly with the local Chinatown community and Vancouver’s creative industry.