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15-DAY FESTIVAL. The Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland is welcoming the Year of the Pig with a 15-day festival. Some events held during the celebration include the popular Wishing Tree activity (top left photo), family-friendly crafts (top right photo), calligraphy demonstrations (bottom right photo), and more. Among weekend activities are lion dances, Chinese folk art, performances, and martial artists. (AR Photos/Jan Landis)

From The Asian Reporter, V29, #03 (February 4, 2019), page 11.

Lan Su Chinese Garden welcomes the Year of the Pig with daily activities

The Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland is welcoming the Year of the Pig with a 15-day festival featuring daily activities in celebration of the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals — the Chinese New Year. Aimed at families and individuals, activities and events held at the garden include lion dances, glowing lanterns, cultural activities, performances, demonstrations, and more.

The celebration begins on Tuesday, February 5 with "Rolling in the Wealth," a traditional activity at which the first 100 visitors to the garden usher in good fortune and prosperity for the coming year by rolling traditional mandarin oranges and gold coins through the entry gate. Every visitor on opening day also receives hong bao, a lucky red envelope traditionally given on the Chinese New Year.

Events include Chinese games, talks, new year traditions, and more. The popular Wishing Tree activity invites visitors to toss a ribbon into the wishing tree for prosperity, happiness, and longevity. Family-friendly crafts include making a red paper lantern, dragon puppets, and pig masks in celebration of the Year of the Pig.

Weekend events include family craft activities, Chinese folk art, calligraphy demonstrations, the Wishing Tree, and performances by local students, a cultural group, and martial artists. Lion dances take place at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 4:00pm.

Visitors are invited to meet Shadow, a New Zealand Kunekune pig known as the "friendliest pig in town," on February 5, 8, and 15 from 2:00 to 4:00pm. On Valentine’s Day, the first 200 visitors receive a Chinese knot — a braid of red brocade ribbon that signifies love and celebration.

The garden’s Lunar New Year celebration ends with traditional Lantern Viewing evenings held February 16 through February 19. The popular event includes an illuminated dragon procession throughout the garden with the Portland Lee’s Association Dragon & Lion Dance Team, calligraphy demonstrations with the Wisdom Arts Academy, family craft activities, and the auspicious Peacock Dance performed by the Portland Chinese Dance Troupe.

Lantern Viewing requires a special admission ticket. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit <www.lansugarden.org/lanternviewing>. (February 16 and 17 are sold out.)

Lan Su Chinese Garden is located at 239 N.W. Everett Street in Portland. Garden hours during the Lunar New Year are 10:00am to 5:00pm. To learn more, or to obtain a schedule of activities, call (503) 228-8131 or visit <www.lansugarden.org>.

Lan Su Chinese Garden — Lunar New Year Events

February 5 through 19, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Opening Day — Tuesday, February 5

10:00 to 11:00am: "Rolling in the Wealth"

(available to the first 100 visitors)

10:00am to 2:00pm: Wishing Tree

10:00am to 4:00pm: "Make Your Own Chinese

New Year Lantern" family craft activity

10:00am to 4:00pm: Chinese folk art

Noon: School performance

2:00 to 4:00pm: "Traditions of Chinese

New Year" Chinese conversation table

2:00 to 4:00pm: Visit with Shadow, the pet pig

Wednesdays — February 6 & 13

Noon to 2:00pm: Wishing Tree

Noon to 4:00pm: Chinese folk art

Noon to 4:00pm: Brush painting demonstration

Noon to 4:00pm: Couplet poetry arch activity

2:00 to 4:00pm: Chinese music

2:00 to 4:00pm: Chinese seal carving demonstration

Thursdays — February 7 & 14

10:00am to 5:00pm (February 14):

Red envelopes with traditional

Chinese knots in celebration of Valentine’s

Day (available to the first 200 visitors)

Noon to 2:00pm: Wishing Tree

Noon to 2:00pm: Family craft activity

Noon to 4:00pm: Chinese games

(Chinese checkers & tangram puzzles)

1:00pm: Feng shui talk

2:00 to 4:00pm: Chinese games (mahjong)

Fridays — February 8 & 15

Noon to 2:00pm: Wishing Tree

Noon to 2:00pm: Family craft activity

Noon to 4:00pm: Chinese folk art

2:00pm: "Understanding the Chinese

Zodiac Pig Character" talk

2:00 to 4:00pm: Visit with Shadow, the pet pig

Saturdays — February 9 & 16

10:00am to 2:00pm: Wishing Tree

10:00am to 4:00pm: "Make Your Own Chinese

New Year Lantern" family craft activity

10:00am to 4:00pm: Chinese folk art

10:00am to 4:00pm:

Chinese calligraphy demonstration

11:00am (February 9):

Portland Chinatown History Foundation

Dragon Parade (parade begins at

N.W. Davis Street & Fourth Avenue)

11:00am, 1:00pm & 4:00pm: Lion dance

Noon: School performance

2:00pm: Cultural performance

3:00pm: Martial artists

Sundays — February 10 & 17

10:00am to 2:00pm: Wishing Tree

10:00am to 4:00pm: "Make Your Own Chinese

New Year Lantern" family craft activity

10:00am to 4:00pm: Chinese folk art

10:00am to 4:00pm:

Chinese calligraphy demonstration

11:00am, 1:00pm & 4:00pm: Lion dance

Noon: School performance

2:00pm: Cultural performance

3:00pm: Martial artists

Mondays — February 11 & 18

11:00am to 1:00pm (February 18):

Family craft activity

Noon to 2:00pm: Wishing Tree

Noon to 4:00pm: Chinese folk art

1:00pm: "Homemade Chinese Dumplings"

food demonstration

2:00 to 4:00pm: "Teas of Mystery"

3:00pm: "Foods of the New Year" talk

6:30 to 8:30pm (February 18):

Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing Evening (requires a special ticket)

Tuesdays — February 12 & 19

Noon to 2:00pm: Wishing Tree

Noon to 4:00pm: Chinese folk art

2:00 to 4:00pm: "Traditions of Chinese

New Year" Chinese conversation table

1:00pm (February 12): Feng shui talk

6:30 to 8:30pm (February 19):

Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing Evening (requires a special ticket)

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