Chinese New Year Lion Dance

Chinese New Year

Thursday, February 19, 2015 through Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Year of the Ram begins February 19, 2015! People born in the Year of the Ram are generally sincere, persistent, and quick. 

Learn more about Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su's two-week celebration. The celebration kicks off on Thursday, February 19 with "Rolling in the Wealth," a traditional good fortune and prosperity activity of rolling oranges and gold coins through Lan Su's front door. "Rolling in the Wealth" is followed by a lion dance performance, and much more! Every guest visiting on February 19 will also receive a hong bao, or traditional lucky red envelope. 

The celebration ends with four nights of Lantern Viewing and dragon processions (March 2-5). A separate admission ticket is required for this event.

Weekends during Chinese New Year feature: 

  • Wool Pavilion with live sheep and goats
  • Lion dances
  • Children's music and dance performances
  • Make a Happy New Year card 
  • Chinese Zodiac Calligraphy demonstrations
  • Ping Pong
  • Martial Arts performances
  • the Chinese wishing tree
  • and more! 

Weekdays offer a sneak peek at Lan Su's 2015 events and activities, including Cuisines of China, Lan Su in Bloom, Chinese Fun and Games, and more

Please note: For the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff, entry may be limited at peak times of visitation to meet fire code regulations. Expect lines at times on opening day and weekend days. Plan for the most auspicious visit by arriving early! "Rolling in the Wealth" orange and coin rolling is limited to the first 100 visitors. 

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust: Oregonians sustaining, developing and participating in our arts, heritage and humanities.

Chinese New Year Related Programing

Horticulture Talk: Plants of the New Year

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Learn about the history and symbolism of Chinese plants seen during the Lunar New Year.

Chinese Seal Carving Demonstration

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Learn the uses of Chinese seals and see how they are carved.

Poetry Reading

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Meet poet Daniel Skach-Mills and hear him read from selections of his work.

Exploring the Elements of Lan Su: Poetry Tour

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Learn about the poetry in Lan Su Chinese Garden as well as the historical and aesthetic traditions of poetry in Suzhou-style Chinese gardens.

Tai Chi Talk and Practice

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Practice tai chi and learn more about this healing martial art.

Qigong Five Element Movement

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Practice Qigong with the Portland Shaolin Center.

Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing

Monday, March 2, 2015

Experience Lan Su Chinese Garden at its most enchanting. Tickets sell out every year; buy yours now for an unforgettable evening of beauty.

Wild Goose Qigong

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Join a qigong session led by instructors from the Wen Wu School of Portland.

Chinese New Year Event Schedule

Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days, and each day is packed with things to see and do. Download the full calendar of events here to start planning your visit.

Download the Chinese New Year Event Schedule (PDF, 795 KB) »

Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing

A traditional lantern viewing closes out Chinese New Year festivities on the evenings of March 2, 3, 4, and 5, when the garden glows with 150 hanging red lanterns and the lake reflects the light of 250 floating lanterns. A dragon procession and special performances are all a part of these special evenings.

Learn more about Chinese New Year Lantern Viewing! »