The Chinese year of the tiger officially began on February 14, 2010, and so did the celebrations around the International Taoist Tai Chi Society. New Year’s banquets, large and small, have always been an important part of the Society’s culture, and because of the community outreach they engender, our banquets have also been an important way we fulfill one of our key aims and objectives, that of cultural exchange. Banquets raise much needed funds for local branches and the Society at large. They are also a lot of fun!
Given we are also celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Society, this year’s New Year’s banquets were doubly important and exciting. At the Regina, Saskatchewan, branch banquet, guests enjoyed a 10-course banquet at Lee’s Chop Suey East on Saturday, February 27. Special guests included a local Member of Parliament, the mayor of Moose Jaw, a nearby city, and other politicians and dignitaries. The New Year’s banquet for the Calgary, Alberta, branch included a lion dance. (See other photos from the Calgary celebration.)
In addition to an 8-course Chinese banquet, demonstrations in Taoist Tai Chi™ internal arts of health, testimonials, and a lucrative silent auction at the New York City branch’s New Year’s celebration on March 7, Society members who are professional musicians and actors provided entertainment. (View other pictures of the NYC banquet.)