Chinese New Year Celebration

Shauna Baker is reporting for City Lights down at the Dr.Sun Yat-Sen Gardens to celebrate the Chinese New Year, welcoming in the Year of the Ox. 

“The history of the garden is actually a scholar’s home, and this was built 23 years ago. Everything here is brought from China so it is a very unique experience to come through. We have tours, we always have hot Chinese tea going and wonderful people. Some have been here for over twenty years…they have a lot of stories to tell. Today, February 1st, is one of our biggest days though,” says Constance Barnes from the gardens. “Because we’re non-for-profit, we have people that just have such a passion for the gardens, and what it stands for, it’s really about people that give their time and energy to a good cause.” 

“Because of the weather, I think that we’ll have less, last year we had over three thousand people that came through so it’s usually very well attended, and the parade has up to thirty thousand sometimes.” 

Some of the activities included fortune telling, balloon animals, classical Chinese music, crafts for children, calligraphy, story telling, and a range of incredible performers in the Cultural Olympiad. And of course, no Chinese New Year celebration would be complete without the dragon dance, which celebrates the dragon spirit, the most celestial of creatures who brings good luck. It’s the Year of the Ox, a time for laying foundations, tenacity, and working hard. The best of luck to you on the year ahead.

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