Chinese Garden News - Celebrating the Year of the Snake

January 27, 2013

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The Huntington ushered in the Year of the Snake 2013 with two special events marking the beginning of the lunar new year. On Jan. 27, visitors had a chance to experience the music, dance, and folk crafts of China during a Cultural Arts Celebration featuring artists and performers from Jiangsu Province. Highlights included demonstrations of traditional crafts such as lantern making, silk embroidery, and sugar sculpture—a popular favorite with kids—and a performance of folk dance by the Nanjing Little Red Flowers children’s ensemble (pictured below). On Feb. 16–17, the annual Chinese New Year Festival drew enthusiastic crowds who enjoyed the colorful spectacle of lion dancers, thrilling mask-changing performances (bian lian), tea tastings, and much more. The Garden of Flowing Fragrance, Liu Fang Yuan, was the focal point of many of the events. For Chinese and non-Chinese visitors alike, it was an auspicious way to start a new year.
Nanjing Little Red Flowers children’s ensemble. Photo by Martha Benedict
East West Bank was the corporate sponsor for both events. The Chinese Cultural Arts Celebration was made possible in part by Jiangsu Cultural Association and the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles, Beauty Media Inc., and ICN TV Network. Additional funding provided by the Justin Vajna Memorial Fund for Education Programs in the Chinese Garden.

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