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Chinese Lunar New Year in Nan Tien Temple

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Every Journey in this World is a Path to Happiness
Thousands of people make their way to the Nan Tien Temple to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year each year. Cars parked in the streets surrounding the Buddhist temple and nature strips and reserves as the majority of visitors trying to make it for lunch-time cultural performances.

In Chinees culture, each zodiac year is associated with an animal sign and takes on the characteristics of that animal, this year it is the Rat.

"The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first.

In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children." Source:

"Every Journey in this World is a Path to Happiness" is a Chinese New Year message from Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of Fo Guang Shan.

"In the Year of the Rat, we hope that everyone may do good deeds, speak good words, and think good thoughts. By practicing the Three Acts of Goodness, every journey in this world will be a path to happiness" he adds.

The Celebration starts from 24th Jan and continues to 8th of Feb.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy for every member of family. Every day starts with praying and offering in all shrines, there are number of exhibitions around the temple and in different venues, including calligraphy exhibitions and Tea Chan exhibition, Supper Sweet Candy Land exhibition. Also, you'll be able to enjoy 2020 Year of the Rat Lantern Festival, a mindful doodling forest and a wishing tree and oncourse a book fair.

24th being the Chinese New Year eve, 25th the Chinese New Year Day and 26th the day of Shaanxi cultural performance are the most exciting days to be at the Temple.

On 24th, there will be Chinese New Year's Eve Chanting Service, Incense Offering and Toll the Bell of Peace at midnight to Welcome the New Year.

On 25th there will be two sessions of Lion Dance at 10:15 am and 1:00 PM.

On 26th there will be a Chinese New Year's Blessing Ceremony and the Cultural Performance by Shaanxi Performing Troupe at 12:00 PM and 2.15 PM.

On 25th and 26th there will be a Tea & Incense Ceremony and a vegetarian food fair.

Celebrations continue at the temple until Feb 8th, with light offering, Offering to Buddhas and Celestial Guardians Dharma Service and more.

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Why? to get into the spirit of Chinese New Year
When: 24th Jan to 8th Feb. 2020
Where: 180 Berkeley Road, Berkeley, NSW 2506
Cost: free
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