The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the Secret Lantern Society are proud to present the 19th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival. Come bring light into the world on the longest, darkest night of the year! For thousands of years, cultures around the world have celebrated the Winter Solstice – the time when winter reaches its depths, and when days begin to grow longer as nature heralds the spring. In China, the Winter Solstice celebration (dong zhi) is a time when family and friends gather together, exchange gifts, eat, drink and laugh long into the deep dark night. There is a Chinese proverb that signifies its importance: 冬大過年 (Winter Solstice is more important than Lunar New Year). Dong zhi is linked to the Chinese belief in the balance of the opposing elements of yin and yang. The yin qualities of darkness and cold reach their fullest on Winter Solstice. However, with the fullness of yin comes a turning point – a rebirth – as darkness gives way to the yang qualities of light and warmth, when winter waxes and spring approaches. Come together with friends and family! Warm your bellies with our signature Dragon Spice holiday tea and a delicious hot bun, and warm your hearts with the breathtakingly magical landscape. Lantern artists reimagine the beauty of the Garden with whimsical and spectacular pieces while diverse performers take the stage throughout the evening, including Interactive World Drumming, Black Bear Rebels and The Real Treble Makers. A community lantern will debut at the event as we move into the new year and shift from the zodiac’s mighty dragon to the charming and intelligent snake. Add your personal touch to the Year of the Snake lantern by joining artist Jacquie Rolston and the Community Arts Council of Vancouver in making the lantern at the December Eco-Arts Salon. For more information, please visit http://eco-arts-dec-2012.eventbrite.com The Garden is one of many magical venues for the 19th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival so please check the Secret Lantern Society’s website for full event details: www.secretlantern.org.