Portland, OR. The Year of the Tiger kicks off on Tuesday, February 1st and the Lan Su Garden Garden is ready. The garden hosts one of the biggest Lunar New Year celebrations in the Pacific Northwest including a lion dance performance at the garden’s Entrance Plaza. The performance will also be live-streamed on Lan Su’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. The garden will also host 15 days of cultural programs, performances, and family activities.

At the Lan Su Chinese Garden, volunteers educate visitors. 

We’re Entering the Year of the Tiger: Here’s What It Means
According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2022 is the Year of the Tiger. The Chinese Zodiac dates back to the Qin Dynasty over 2000 years ago and is rooted in a system of zoolatry (or animal worship). As the legend goes, the Jade Emperor challenged all the animals in the Kingdom to a “Great Race.” Whoever arrived at his palace first would win his favor. The Tiger was sure that he had the race in the bag, but ended up placing third after the cunning Rat and workhorse Ox snuck in ahead of him. Thus, Tigers are extremely competitive people, known for their courage and ambition. Tigers are ambitious, but they’re also extremely generous with a drive to help others. Tigers want to win but they’re also always seeking justice.

If you were born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 or 2010, you were born during the Year of the Tiger. Famous people born during Tiger years include Queen Elizabeth II, Christopher Lloyd, Stevie Wonder, Martin Short, Jon Bon Jovi, Leonardo DiCaprico, Penelope Cruz, Lady Gaga, Jon Batiste and Shawn Mendes. The Tiger is associated with Yang (masculine, active) energy. Tigers do things their own way and hate being told what to do. 

Happy Year of the Tiger from Lan Su Staff from Lan Su Chinese Garden on Vimeo.

From Lan Su Garden:

Visit Lan Su to experience the most colorful and joyous Chinese festival during the garden’s two-week Chinese New Year celebration. In accordance with the Lunar Calendar, the Chinese New Year celebration of the Year of the Tiger, begins on February 1, 2022 and ends February 15, 2022. The festival features cultural performances, festival decorations, and craft activities, audio tours, Year of the Tiger Scavenger Hunts and much more!

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Chinese New Year Opening – 9:45am, Tuesday February 1st
Kicking off with the new Lunar Year on February 1, Lan Su welcomes the community to join us for a lion dance performance at the garden’s Entrance Plaza to ushers in the Year of the Tiger. This is a community event and FREE for the public. In addition, garden visitors of the day will receive a hong bao, or traditional lucky red envelope at entry. This performance will also be live steamed on Lan Su’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Chinese New Year Featured Daytime Programs
Lion Dance Performance

Martial Art Demonstration

Chinese Dance Performance

Chinese Calligraphy

Chinese Seal Carving

Chinese Brush Painting

Family Craft Activities

Chopstick Challenge

Culture on Zoom – Chinese New Year Floral Arrangement

Culture on Zoom – Artist Talk with Dean Wong

Culture on Zoom – Lunar New Year Traditions with Sarah Chung

Foods of the New Year

Click Here to check out the full cultural program schedule of Chinese New Year 2022
Discover Chinese New Year at Lan Su
Enrich your festival experience with Discover Lan Su. This visitor mobile app provides a free access to garden audio tours and the interactive “Year of the Tiger” scavenger hunts from the safety and convenience of your own mobile device!

Chinese New Year Special Daytime Hours
10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. February 1-15

Please note: For the health and safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff, masks are required for all visitors. Plan for your visit by purchasing admission ahead of time. All programs are volunteer-based and weather-dependent, so please check our website to make sure the program is not canceled before visiting.