Chinese New Year

Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. An annual festival for families and children, the Garden’s Chinese New Year celebration will include lion dances, red envelopes for all visitors, storytelling, martial arts demonstrations, and displays explaining the rich culture and history of the celebration of the Chinese New Year.

Lion Dances

Chinese New Year 2009 - Year of the Ox

January 23 - February 8, 2022

Chinese New Year Fun Facts



Event Guide & Schedule
Download a complete event guide with a complete dates and times (PDF, 947KB) of all the events or see the general schedule below

Daily Activities
  • Red Envelopes given to each visitor
  • Lantern Display by Hi iH Gallery
  • Fortune Telling Box & Red Envelope Display
  • Chinese New Year Education Kiosks

Friday, January 23

  • Community Sweep

StorytellingMonday, January 26

  • Live Chinese Music
  • Chinese Character Stenciling
  • Chinese Dumpling Demo - Mandarin House
  • Storytelling
  • Folding Dragon Card Coloring
  • Lantern Making

Tuesday, January 27

  • Calligraphy Demonstration
  • Oregon College of Oriental Medicine New Perspectives on Health Lecture

Wednesday, January 28

  • Tao of Tea Tea Ceremony

Thursday, January 29

  • Chinese Character Stenciling
  • Live Chinese Music
  • Chinese Painting Demonstration with Frances Li

Lantern MakingFriday, January 30

  • Storytelling
  • Folding Dragon Card Coloring
  • Lantern Making

Saturday, January 31

  • CCBA and FCC Dance Group
  • Folding Dragon Card Coloring
  • Lantern Making
  • Lee’s Association Lion Dance Team
  • Portland Chinese School Yo Yo Team
  • Portland Orchid & Bamboo Children’s Ensemble

  • Children’s performances
  • Storytelling
  • Storytelling with Puppets (Gilkey International Middle School)
  • Tai Chi Fan & Sword Demonstrations from NW Internal Arts

Sunday, February 1

  • Calligraphy Demonstration with Dr. Yang
  • Folding Dragon Card Coloring
  • International School Chinese Chorus & Dance Program
  • Lantern Making
  • Lee’s Association Lion Dance Team
  • Live Chinese Music
  • Storytelling
  • Tai Chi Fan & Sword Demonstrations from NW Internal Arts

Monday, February 2

  • Live Chinese Music

Tuesday, February 3
  • Calligraphy Demonstration
  • Oregon College of Oriental Medicine Eating for Renewal Lecture

Wednesday, February 4

  • Tao of Tea Tea Ceremony

Thursday, February 5

  • Chinese Character Stenciling
  • Live Chinese Music
  • Chinese Painting Demonstration with Frances Li

Saturday, February 7

  • CCBA and FCC Dance Group
  • Folding Dragon Card Coloring
  • Lantern Making
  • Lee’s Association Lion Dance Team
  • Portland Chinese School Yo Yo Team
  • Portland Orchid & Bamboo Children’s Ensemble
  • Storytelling
  • Tai Chi Fan & Sword Demonstrations from NW Internal Arts

Sunday, February 8

  • Calligraphy Demonstration with Dr. Yang
  • Folding Dragon Card Coloring
  • Lantern Making
  • Lee’s Association Lion Dance Team
  • Live Chinese Music
  • Storytelling
  • Tai Chi Fan & Sword Demonstrations from NW Internal Arts

Sunday, February 8

  • Garden Extended Hours
  • Floating Lanterns Set Adrift



What Animal of the Chinese Zodiac are you?

Ox

Born in the year 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949, 1937

People born in the year of the ox are good listeners and have strong ideas.


Rat

Born in the year 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936
Rat people like to invent things and are good artists.


Boar

Born in the year 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935
People born in the year of the boar (also known as pig) are very good students. They are honest and brave.


Dog

Born in the year 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934
Dog people are loyal and can always keep a secret.


Rooster

Born in the year 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933
Roosters are hard workers. They have many talents and think deep thoughts.


Monkey

Born in the year 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956, 1944, 1932
Monkey people can always make people laugh. They are good at solving problems.


Ram

Born in the year 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931
People born in the year of the ram are good artists. They ask many questions and are wise.


Horse

Born in the year 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930
Horse people are cheerful and quick to compliment others. They can work very hard.


Snake

Born in the year 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953, 1941, 1929
People born in the year of the snake are said to love good books, food, music and plays.


Dragon

Born in the year 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952, 1940, 1928
People born in the year of the dragon have lots of energy and listen carefully to others.


Rabbit

Born in the year 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, 1927
Rabbit people like to talk and many people trust them.


Tiger

Born in the year 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926
Tiger people are brave and have deep thoughts and courageous actions.

Create your own hong bao envelopes

Hong bao are handy-sized paper envelopes that are presented on the Chinese New Year.  The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck. Hong bao are traditionally filled with money and are an act of well-wishing and blessing in the New Year. Each visitor to the Garden during Chinese New Year will receive their own hong bao with a special gift inside!

Download instructions on how to make your own hong bao envelope!


How to say “Happy New Year!” in Chinese

Saying Happy New Year in Chinese is easy to do!

The pinyin--or English pronunciation guide--for the Chinese characters of Happy New Year in Mandarin Chinese are—“xin nian kuai le”

Portland Classical Chinese Garden

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Summer Hours

The Garden will move to summer hours of 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. as of April 1.

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