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Celebrate the Year of the Rat

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Celebrate the Year of the Rat



January 26, 2020
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

January 26 @ 11:00 am 4:00 pm

Ring in the Lunar New Year at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden!

We’re ushering in the Year of the Rat at our annual Temple Fair celebration with joyful noise and family fun. In Chinese culture, the rat is a sign of wealth and surplus; associated with success, but also simple contentment. A rat year welcomes change and new beginnings, and is especially encouraging for creative endeavours.

Join us after the Spring Festival Parade in Chinatown to warm up and continue the festivities! Come with friends and family, and enjoy traditional crafts and activities, live music performances, tea tastings, a calligraphy contest, and more.

Date: Sunday, January 26
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Open to the public by suggested donation of $5

All-day activities


11:00am – 12:00pm, 12:20pm – 1:20pm | Erhu performance by Cilin Jiang

1:40 – 2:40pm, 3:00 – 4:00pm | Guzheng performance by Selena Yu

Photo Booth

11:00am – 1:30pm, 2:00 – 4:00pm | Get your photo taken with an ancient Chinese scholar

Storytelling of the Chinese zodiac and the Nian monster

In English with Mandarin – 11:15am, 12:00pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm

In English with Cantonese – 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm

Hot Food

12:00 – 4:00pm | Food from True NOSH

Lion Dance

2:30 – 3:00pm | Lion Dance and martial arts performance by Mah’s Athletic Association


11:00am – 3:00pm | Calligraphy Contest

Show off your calligraphy skills for a chance to win a special Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden tea set. Write a maximum of four characters or words (in Chinese, English, or any other language). You’re welcome to bring your own calligraphy brush for luck! One entry per participant. The winner will be determined by master calligrapher William Chen.


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