Celebrate the Year of the Horse with Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden’s Temple Fair

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On Sunday, February 2nd, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Chinatown presents the Year of the Horse Temple Fair, a special event to celebrate Chinese New Year. The festival is based on the Spring Festival temple fair where people meet to entertain, trade, celebrate, and pray for success in the New Year. The event is described as “re-nao” (热闹), or “hot and noisy”, which refers to the hustle and bustle of the crowds on the street as people greet one another to wish each other prosperity, good fortune, and good health for the upcoming year. The Chinese New Year is one of the most lively and colourful times at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden, and the Year of the Horse Temple Fair is the perfect time to visit the Garden.

The Year of the Horse is the seventh year in the twelve-year Chinese zodiac calendar system. Each year has a corresponding animal: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. According to the zodiac, the corresponding animal gives those born that year certain characteristics. Those born in the Year of the Horse are said to be active, animated, and communicative, with a straightforward and positive outlook on life.

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Celebrate the Year of the Horse with Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden’s Temple Fair

Speaking Strings Utter Things – traditional Chinese music vs. improv comedy May 26

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Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble at their 2012 Transformations concert. Photo courtesy Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble.

Speaking Strings Utter Things combines two facets of Chinese culture – well, one facet of Chinese culture, and a Chinese adaptation of what is arguably a Western art form, improv comedy.

The unorthodox combination should prove to be a fascinating experiment (read: it could go either way) as two improv comics from the Fictionals Comedy Co. join members of the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble on traditional Chinese violins called Hu’s.

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Speaking Strings Utter Things – traditional Chinese music vs. improv comedy May 26

Enchanted Evenings at Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden & Wild Rice Start July 6

Chinatown’s landmark Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a gorgeous venue for outdoor summer concerts: when you’re there—the starry lights twinkling, the music pouring over you—it feels like you’re a world away from the city. It’s magical.

Every summer, in July and August, the Chinese Garden hosts Enchanted Evenings on Friday nights, a series of outdoor world music concerts performed at the Garden’s exquisite outdoor and indoor spaces.

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Enchanted Evenings at Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden & Wild Rice Start July 6

Year of the Dragon: Hot & Noisy Affair at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden this Sunday, January 29

This Sunday, January 29, is packed with Chinese New Year events. Along with the annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade & Cultural Fair, Chinatown’s beloved Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden is hosting a special, by donation event: the Year of the Dragon Temple Fair: A Hot & Noisy Affair.

The Year of the Dragon Temple Fair: A Hot & Noisy Affair is an all-day celebration based on the temple fairs of old. The “Hot & Noisy” appellation is comes from the Chinese word “Re Nao,” often used to describe the “hustle and bustle” of crowds on the street; for this temple fair, it denotes a mixture of traditional cultural activities, ranging from games and live music to a multi-media tea ceremony.

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Year of the Dragon: Hot & Noisy Affair at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden this Sunday, January 29

Featured Attraction of the Week: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (Free Tickets!)

photo: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Welcome to Inside Vancouver’s new “Featured Attraction” series. Each Monday we’ll be featuring a different Vancouver attraction, and will be giving away free tickets to our readers. To be eligible you just need to post a comment.

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the first of its kind outside of China, is an authentic representation of an age – old garden tradition which reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Garden is characteristic of the private spaces within a Ming scholar’s residence. With its asymmetrical arrangement of rocks and plants, its winding paths and corridors, and the vistas that overlook its courtyards, the Garden emulates the rhythms of nature.

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Featured Attraction of the Week: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (Free Tickets!)

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