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Photo Gallery | The Year Of The Ram

If you have been wondering where I have been my husband and I just returned from Vancouver, British Columbia to see their Chinese New Year Parade.  The days before the parade featured the Lunar Fest outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, near where we were staying, with food, performances, hands-on art, painted rams and an opportunity to adopt lighted rams that were laid out on the grounds. 

The Chinatown parade included an entire day of festivities.  It was exhilarating seeing people packed along the route for ten blocks.  I most enjoyed the dragons and lion dancers, fan dancers and ribbon twirlers and the bagpipe bands.  Afterwards lion dancers blessed the businesses accompanied by drums and firecrackers.  The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden offered a free day of activities – art, music, games and displays and Chinatown’s International Village Mall had stage performances and vendors with ram themed items.

Back home the Chinese Cultural Society of Stockton presented another successful Chinese New Year event. A year of planning, preparation and lots of volunteer hours lead up to this special day every year.

The grand marshal and Citizen of the Year was Blanche Ah-Tye born in the Year of the Ram (1919).  Stockton Art League artist Denny Ah-Tye noted of his aunt, “I see her as that person always behind the scenes for most of the Chinese events…a worker bee who coordinates and sees to it that the job is done and done right.”  

The auditorium was filled with new banners signifying, “Orioles sing farewell to the previous year, swallows dance to welcome the new year” made by Dr. Jun Wang, last year's Citizen of the Year, and her husband Yu Ren Ma.  Generous support made it possible to bring in professional performers while Blanche Ah-Tye was on hand to sign her memoir, “Full of Gold.”