Fête Chinoise 2016: Cocktails Under the Wishing Tree
There is a sacred village that has been a residential area as far back as the Song Dynasty (1127—1279) in Chinese history. It sometimes appears on television as the backdrop to popular dramas or films in Asia. The Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees are a pair of distinct Banyan trees located within the popular shrine near the Tin Hau Temple in Fong Ma Po Village, Lam Tsuen, Hong Kong. Built between 1768—1771, the temple was erected during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor in the Qing dynasty (1644—1912). Today, tourists and locals alike frequent these mythical trees, peaking at Lunar New Year, to make a wish for love and fertility, success in career, and a prosperous and healthy future. Worshippers write wishes on a yellow paper tied to an orange or tangerine, which are tossed up in hopes it will hang on the tree. It was believed that if the paper successfully hangs onto one of the tree branches, the wishes will come true.
In the Queen’s Park Ballroom, St. Royals Entertainment serenaded guests while they admired a modern nod to the Lam Tsuen wishing trees created by Stemz Event Design & Florals. The tree blossomed with fuchsia magnolias, which represent strength and beauty for all occasions. They transformed the area into a contemporary cocktail space that is an experience for any guest at an event, and is also a great conversation starter. Having an intimate moment at a bustling event to quickly reflect and tie up a wish is really quite special!
Beneath the magnolia wishing tree, Palettera also created some lovely note cards for guests to tie into the tree, and their signature escort card tablescape on the other side of the symbolic tree.