Chinese New Year Celebration at Dharma Drum Vancouver Center

This year, I was fortunate enough to participate in the Chinese New Year celebration that was organized by the Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association at its Vancouver Centre. From the greeters at the door, to the volunteers who were either circling the centre or assisting with the various activities, to the delicious lunch spread that was prepared by the centre’s own kitchen team, everyone was willing to give and share the spirit of Chinese New Year. It was refreshing to see the effort and the organization that went into this event to ensure that it is open to the community as a whole and to see people of all races and backgrounds come together to celebrate this joyous holiday.

It was a treat to become a part of this event and to assist in the spread of our culture through music. It was amazing to play for such a diverse crowd in such a close up setting. The close setting and environment made the playing more approachable for others to enjoy and understand, as they were able to speak directly to me and ask questions, or provide comments. I always enjoy playing in a relaxed setting because it creates an accessibility and opportunity for those who are interested in learning about music from another culture that they otherwise may not have a chance to encounter.

I would like to express a big Thank You to Dharma Drum Vancouver Centre for inviting me to become a part of their event and community.

(Shared by Alice Liang, DDVC)

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