Upcoming Events

December 21, 2014

The 21st Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
in Partnership with the Secret Lantern Society proudly presents:
The 21st Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival.

Sunday, December 21, 2014
from 6pm – 10pm at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Online at https://wintersolstice-2014.eventbrite.ca
(must bring ticket printout)
$5 per person
OR $10 for a family (2 adults + 2 children)

Garden Members will receive express entrance from 6:00-6:30pm and complimentary hot beverage.

This winter impress your holiday guests as the World’s Top City Garden celebrates Winter Solstice. To astonish and excite are the goals of the evening as we carry on this ancient Chinese tradition with handcrafted glowing lanterns, musical performances, spicy dragon tea and tasty treats. Create your own handmade lantern, contribute to the community lantern and more as we bring back the light into the longest night of the year with your family and friends.

Evening Live Performance

Hall of One Hundred Rivers 
7:00 – 7:45 – Brad Muirhead Quartet
8:00 – 8:20 – Uzume Taiko
8:35 – 9:05 – Brad Muirhead Quartet
9:15 – 9:35 – Uzume Taiko

Southern courtyard
6:30 – 7:00pm – African Crossing
7:45 – 8:00pm – African Crossing
8:20 – 8:35pm – African Crossing

Scholars Courtyard

6:00 – 9:30 – Conference of the Birds by Lost & Found Puppet Co.

Experience bird shadow puppets to the beautiful sounds of the traditional Chinese ruan played by Zhimin Yu

What is Winter Solstice?

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.

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