Where to ring in the Lunar New Year in Vancouver

12 Girls Band performs at the Orpheum Feb. 19.

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is the most important traditional holiday in China. Also known as the Lunar New Year, it begins Feb. 16, 2018, and marks the beginning of the Year of the Dog. Here are a few ways to celebrate in Vancouver.

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Where to ring in the Lunar New Year in Vancouver

Chinese New Year Festival & Parade Kicks off the Year of the Rooster

chinese new year parade 2017

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One of the biggest cultural celebrations in Vancouver is kicking off this weekend to celebrate the Lunar New Year and the incoming year of the rooster. In 2017, Chinese New Year begins on January 28 and there are numerous events planned across the city to mark the occasion.

Many activities centre around Vancouver’s Chinatown, a vibrant hub of Chinese culture right in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. Whether you’d like to experience traditional music, food, or art, there’s an event ready for you! Check out some of Vancouver’s Chinese New Year Celebrations below:

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Chinese New Year Festival & Parade Kicks off the Year of the Rooster

5 Can’t-Miss Free Events for Chinese New Year 2016 in Vancouver

Photo credit: Kenny Louie | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Kenny Louie | Wikipedia

Ready to ring in the Year of the Monkey?

This year, the Chinese Lunar New Year falls on Monday, Feb. 8. Traditionally, people born in a year of the monkey are said to be intelligent, but also a little mischievous and naughty. They’re masters of practical jokes and enjoy playing more than working.

Vancouver itself is getting ready for some serious monkey business in celebration of the New Year. Chinatown will see festive expos and parades, while Lunarfest brings the party to the heart of downtown. Here are a few can’t-miss free (or almost free) events this year:

  • Year of the Monkey at International Village MallFestivities get underway with a four-day celebration of Chinese culture inside the International Village Mall in Chinatown. Parts of the mall will be transformed into a traditionally decorated Chinese village, and visitors can also enjoy live cultural performances and authentic New Year foods. Feb. 11-Feb. 14 at International Village Mall

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5 Can’t-Miss Free Events for Chinese New Year 2016 in Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Photo: Andre Blanchard

 

Happy Chinese and Lunar New Year!  Don’t miss out on the celebrations and festivals around Metro Vancouver this weekend.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this Friday through Sunday…
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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouverites, Get Ready to Glow in the Dark with Dragons from Taiwan During LunarFest, Feb. 20-22

photo: lunarfest.org

photo: lunarfest.org

Dragons have been showcased in many cultural traditions. From the dragons in the Ethiopia of Greek mythology, to the European Red Dragon of Wales, to the Thunder Dragon of Bhutan and Pakhangba, to the mythical hybrid dragon, Manipur. There are countless stories and tales from around the world that feature this mythical creature.

In China, dragons are associated with power, strength and prosperity and are also believed to have control over the weather. As a symbol of the Imperial Family, dragons were often-times incorporated into the architecture of the palaces and were embroidered into the clothing of the Emperor.

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Vancouverites, Get Ready to Glow in the Dark with Dragons from Taiwan During LunarFest, Feb. 20-22

How to Celebrate Chinese New Year 2015 in Vancouver

Photo from Tourism Vancouver

Photo from Tourism Vancouver

Ready to ring in the Year of the Ram in Vancouver?

Chinese New Year falls on Thursday, Feb. 19, and – as usual – Vancouver is pulling out all the stops.  To mark the Year of the Ram in the Chinese zodiac (also referred to as the Year of the Sheep or Goat), the city is celebrating with festivals, banquets and of course the big Chinese New Year Parade on Sunday, Feb. 22.

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How to Celebrate Chinese New Year 2015 in Vancouver

Very Weird Chinese New Year Event Returns to Vancouver: Gung Haggis Fat Choy 2015

Photos sourced from GungHaggis.com

Photos sourced from GungHaggis.com

Vancouver’s most unusual Chinese New Year tradition is back.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy – the unique celebration that merges Scotland’s Robbie Burns Day with Chinese New Year – returns Sunday, Feb. 8, at Vancouver’s Pink Pearl Seafood Restaurant.

Started in 1998 by Vancouverite Todd Wong, the fusion event combines traditions from two very different cultures into something that’s, well, odd.

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Very Weird Chinese New Year Event Returns to Vancouver: Gung Haggis Fat Choy 2015