The Chinese celebrate the new year from Feb 8th to Feb. 22nd this year. Help your students explore Chinese New Years with these great resources found by BCATML Mandarin Rep Teacher, Ping Li!
Ten colourful children's books about China and Chinese New Year (click here to see our Mandarin page for the downloadable book list!)
Vancouver Classic Chinese Garden
- Current exhibition is a great perk for a field trip to the existing gardens!
Exhibition: Jan. 13 – Feb. 29, 2016 “Gathering: Chinese New Year Folk Art” by Gao Jing
In preparation for welcoming another Chinese New Year, the Garden brings Gathering: Chinese New Year
Folk Art, an exhibit by artist Gao Jing inspired by a hundred-year-old tradition of Chuang Guandong New Year Paintings.
Gao Jing’s colorful scenes in Gathering: Chinese New Year Folk Art incorporates her personal experiences
and rich understanding of Chuang Guandong (New Year Paintings), and presents them on traditional
scrolls. Gathering showcases twelve of her iconic works focused on the celebration of family interactions
before and during Chinese New Year.
The Year of the Monkey Temple Fair 庙会
Sunday Feb. 14 from 10am – 4:00pm
Tickets by donation, suggested $5
To celebrate traditional Chinese New Year, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden presents The
Year of the Monkey Temple Fair, a one-day festival on Sunday February 14th, 2016. This is a community
event based on the 4000-year-old Chinese tradition of the Spring Festival, the largest and most important
festival of the year in Chinese tradition.
The Garden will present dynamic and engaging Chinese and multicultural music and dance performances,
martial arts demonstrations, traditional Chinese New Year customs, games and activities for the whole
family. The festival is the opportunity for the Chinese community to share its cultural traditions and invite
the wider public to participate in it.
As for the sign of Monkey – it’s been said that people born under the sign of Monkey are highly adaptable
and versatile. Enthusiastic about everything, they spend their time broadening their minds and are
especially fascinated with art. They like refinement, originality and luxury. Inventive and intelligent, those
born in these years can solve most problems quickly and skillfully, and are able to accomplish much in
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