2018 Chinese New Year Parade Celebrates the Year of the Dog

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The annual cultural extravaganza that is the Chinese New Year Parade will be returning for its 45th year on Sunday, February 17, 2018. This signature event of Vancouver’s Chinatown will feature lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and much more.

The parade is a major part of the Lunar New Year Festival, a regional event celebrating Spring, Chinese New Year and traditional Asian New Year celebrations taking place in Vancouver and Richmond.

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2018 Chinese New Year Parade Celebrates the Year of the Dog

Voting for the Vancouver Chinese Restaurant Awards is now Open

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February 16th marks the start of the Year of the Dog, with those born in dog years supposedly characterized by loyalty and honesty. Chinese New Year is a time of joy, celebration, and, of course, good eating.

Fortuitously coinciding with this festive period are the 10th annual Chinese Restaurant Awards. Public voting for the Diners’ Choice Awards has just begun and will run until March 4, 2018.

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Voting for the Vancouver Chinese Restaurant Awards is now Open

Lanterns in the Garden Illuminates Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens for Lunar New Year

Lanterns in the garden 2018

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A festival that will illuminate the night with thousands of beautiful lanterns to help celebrate the Chinese New Year is coming to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens. The festival, known as Lanterns in the Garden is an annual event with themed lanterns, fun activities, and delicious food!

The memorable spectacle will take place over three weekends in February and March, starting on Friday, February 16, 2018. You’re invited to the garden to take a trip back in time to enjoy an authentic & traditional YUAN XIAO festival.

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Lanterns in the Garden Illuminates Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens for Lunar New Year

Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Vancouver and Richmond

Celebrate Lunar New Year in Vancouver and Richmond.

Lunar New Year – also known as Chinese New Year and the Spring Festival – welcomes the turn of the traditional Chinese calendar from winter to spring. The festival is steeped in more than 4,000 years of history that carry longstanding traditions like lighting firecrackers to ward off evil spirits and decorating homes in red to symbolize wealth and happiness – and this year is no exception as celebrations continue across Vancouver and Richmond. Continue reading:
Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Vancouver and Richmond

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

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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