The Asian journalist

NEW YEAR’S ACTIVITIES. Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland hosted the Year of the Tiger last week, beginning its 15-day festival on February 1. Some of the events planned during the Lunar New Year celebrations include weekend lion dances (top photo), a chopstick challenge (bottom photos), and more. Garden hours during the day are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the Lunar New Year festivities. (RA Photos/Jan Landis)

From The Asian journalistV32, #2 (February 7, 2022), page 13.


Year of the Tiger kicks off at Lan Su Chinese Garden

The Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland kicked off the Year of the Tiger on Tuesday, February 1. The Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team delighted several hundred morning attendees with a lion dance performance held in the main square.

After the performance, the garden was packed with Lunar New Year-goers, as Lan Su – a mostly open-air venue – was nearly at capacity for the first time in nearly two years. The celebration continues every day until February 15 with lanterns, cultural activities and more.

Chinese calligraphy demonstrations are offered on Tuesday and Thursday, February 8 and 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A “Culture on Zoom” conference, titled “The Chinese Zodiac and Lunar New Year Traditions,” will be held on Wednesday, February 9 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (registration is available online).

A family craft activity and Chinese seal carving demonstration takes place on Friday, February 11. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., attendees of all ages and abilities are invited to make and decorate an origami tiger with Carolyn Woody of Lunarcat Studios in partnership. with the Japanese American Museum of Oregon.

From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Fridays, garden enthusiasts learn about the history and use of Chinese seals and watch artist Dan Lucas demonstrate how to carve one. Seal engraving has been used in China for over 3,000 years as a form of identification and authorization. The craft was kept alive by calligraphers, painters and seal carvers.

During the weekend, February 12 and 13, there are family crafts (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.), calligraphy demonstrations (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and performances.

Visitors learn how to make a traditional Chinese craft – Chinese lucky knots, also called lucky knots, which symbolize prosperity and good luck – during weekend craft activities.

The artists of the weekend present:


Saturday February 12

1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.: Lion Dance


2:00 p.m.: Cultural dance by the Portland Chinese Dance Troupe


4:00 p.m.: Martial arts demonstration


Sunday February 13

1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.: Lion Dance


2:00 p.m.: Cultural dance by the Chinese Friendship Association of Portland


4:00 p.m.: Martial arts demonstration

On the last day of the festival, Tuesday February 15, a Chopstick Challenge is offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; “New Year’s Food: Tangyuan” can be viewed from 10 a.m. to noon; and Chinese calligraphy is demonstrated from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lan Su Chinese Garden is located at 239 NW Everett Street in Portland. Hours during Lunar New Year are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information or to view the schedule of activities, call (503) 228-8131 or visit .

To view a video of one of the lion dances performed on February 1 in the garden, go to

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