时间：11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
33 Tao Road, Catskill, New York
(GPS 请使用 186 Paradise Lake Road)
Chinese Cultural Association Inc
11:00 PM – 12:00 PM 登记，抽花签，着汉服，源起花朝节
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM 祭花神
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM CCA花宴
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM 和专业老师学插花
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM 花茶盛开：CCA及会员分享介绍
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM 种植希望之树，绑彩带、祝福来；巧手花簪；DIY 做花糕
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM 花糕、花簪一起秀
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM 飞花令
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM 山庄特色晚宴
7:30 PM – 8:00 PM 歌舞表演
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM 收拾离场
During the Tang Dynasty, the 15th of February on the Chinese lunar calendar was marked by the Flower Festival. Though over time, the exact date of the Flower Festival varied region by region to range from February 2 to February 12, its core essence remained the same — it is a celebration in anticipation of Spring, of renewal and awakening after the cold of winter.
We invite you this year on March 31- or rather the 15th of February – to join us in continuing this tradition and welcome in Spring!
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: CCA Estate, 33 Tao Rd, Catskills, NY
*If using GPS, please search 186 Paradise Lake Road
Event Cost and Registration
General Admission: $38/Person
Discount Admission (Students, seniors 62+ or wearing Hanfu): $20/Person
General Admission: $48/Person
Discount Admission (Students, seniors 62+ or wearing Hanfu): $30/Person
**Free for members and children under 5
**Please show ID for discounted admissions
We also offer transportation to/from NY: $30/Person and Hanfu rentals: $20/Set
Reservation Form (required for all attendees, regardless of payment method):
Chinese Cultural Association Inc
Schedule of Activities:
11:00 PM – 12:00 PM Check-in and Lucky Flower Draw；Introduction on the Flower Festival
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Worship of the Flower Goddess
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Flower Banquet Lunch
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Art of Flowers: Create your own!
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Tea time: Sample traditional flower teas
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Plant your own “Blessing Tree” ；DIY Flower Cake and Flower Hairpin
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM ~ Break ~ (Tea, Snacks, Creations Showcase)
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM “Flowers in Flight”
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Dinner and Performances
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM Farewell and Departure
游 春 植 树
Worship of Flower Goddess
In traditional Chinese belief, the Flower Goddess nurtures and protects the multitude of Earth’s floral and fauna. She is recorded in the Huai Nan Zi as being ruler over her domain, directing and managing over her subjects. As such, in agrarian China, the Flower Goddess held a place of great significance as worshipper entrusted her to guard over their yearly plantings.
Taoists writing had alluded to a unnamed “god of flowers” ever since the Ming Dynasty. By the middle of the Qing Dynasty, names of legendary figures from the Tang and Song Dynasties had become attached to a group of Twelve Flower Gods – each overseeing a different month and paintings depicting the Flower Gods gained in popularity.
Art of Flowers
The Art of Flowers traces its roots back to pre-Qin Dynasty China. Tang Dynasty China saw the art of flowers taking on significance as an outward sign of elegance and cultivation in court life and temples. It was during this time also that the art form was transported to Japan where it gained popularity among the aristocracy and was further refined and codified into ikebana. In China, it was during the Song Dynasty that the art of flowers truly flourished and was widely practiced among the common folk.
The biggest difference between Eastern art of flowers and Western floral arrangement lies that whereas floral arrangement stresses external form, the art of flowers emphasizes the creation of an inner beauty and balance.
There are two types of flower teas – tea made from flower blossoms and “scented” flower tea. Violet, rose and chrysanthemum teas are examples of the former. The latter is made through a special process whereby flower blossoms are baked with tea leafs during the baking step of tea processing in order to infuse the fragrance directly into the tea leaves. The flowers are then picked-out by hand and the step repeated until a desired scented level. The quality of such teas is ranked by the balance of taste between the flower fragrance and the base tea. Traditional “scented” flower teas include jasmine tea, magnolia tea, and osmanthus tea.
In ancient times for the the Flower Festival, Chinese literati (learned-scholars) would gather under outdoor pavilions to indulge in the unfolding scenergy and exchange calligraphy compositions, poetry recitations and elegant drinks.
Tying Eastern and Western traditions, we wish to celebrate on this occasion the Spring Equinox as well by planting young flowering fruit trees. We cordially invite everyone to plant a tree, cast a wish, tie it to the tree (ribbons will be provided) and watch the tree and blessings grow with time.
CCA will help you keep watch over your tree as it matures from a young seedling into adulthood. Every year, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful flowers as your tree blossoms in anticipation of Spring. And who knows, maybe by next summer you’ll be enjoying salivating fresh tree-ripened fruits as well!
While it is difficult to ascertain exact historical roots, female figurines unearthed from Han Dynasty tombs in Chengdu, Sichuan Province featured elaborate flower hairpins with gigantic chrysanthemums in the middle of the bun flanked by several smaller flowers on both sides. Hairpins made from fresh flowers have remained popular since. In contrast to the jewel encrusted hairpins of the aristocrats, fresh flowers served as simple yet elegant alternatives for the common folk. Different festivals called for different flowers. In general, hairpins worn in the spring incorporated peonies, apricot and peach blossoms; summer saw camellia and jasmine; autumn featured chrysanthemum and okra; while winter was for plum and cherry blossoms.
The Flower Festival developed during the Tang Dynasty to include its own associated traditions and foods. It is told that the Empress Wu loved flowers so much that every year, towards the day of the Flower Festival, she would order her maids to collect flowers, ground the petals together with rice and steam into cakes. Flower cakes were also given as rewards to ministers and officials of the court. Taste this Flower Festival not only the sweetness of the flowers but also a journey back in time.
China is the land of flowers and poetry. “Flying Flowers” is originally an “elegant” drinking game enjoyed by literati. Typically, the first person would quote a verse of no more than seven characters from a poetry or prose, the second person would need to recite something that had the first character of that line, say “flower” as the second character, the third person quote something that had “flower” as the third character and so on and so forth. The person who broke the rule would take a drink as a penalty.
Drinking games are considered an integral part of Chinese culture. The roots traces back to the Zhou Dynasty and is viewed as an extension of the Confucian emphasis on “rites”. Drinking showcased a host’s hospitality towards guests while the games aspect added a layer intellectualism and turned the drinking into an art form unto itself.
Let’s get ready to play!