Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade 2014

Photo credit: Carol Browne | Flickr

Gung hay fat choi! Chinese New Year is right around the corner, and with it comes Vancouverโ€™s annual Chinese New Year Parade. Come down to Chinatown on Sunday, February 2nd to celebrate and watch the parade.

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Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade 2014

Don’t Miss DumplingFest – A Vancouver Chinese Lunar New Year Food Party, February 15-17

dumplingThe humble dumpling (jiaozi) is the star of Chinese Lunar New Year feasting which kicked off February 9 on Lunar New Yearโ€™s Eve. Dumplings – dough filled with meat and veg artfully wrapped into tidy morsels of comfort food – have been a raging global food trend for over 500 years. Many Asian cultures celebrate Lunar New Year; each has their own version of Lunar New Year dumplings.

Taste them all at DumplingFest taking place at Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza 12pm to 8pm Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 17.

DumplingFest is a part of the annual CIBC LunarFest – a celebration of Lunar New Year (the Year of the Snake) that represents Asian communities including China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and more. Entry to the cultural shows and lantern jungle is free. Most servings of dumplings will run $7 and under.

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Don’t Miss DumplingFest – A Vancouver Chinese Lunar New Year Food Party, February 15-17

Vancouver LunarFest 2011 – February 3 – 13, 2011

Vancouver LunarFest 2010's Lantern Forest

If you were in Vancouver for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and you spent anytime downtown, you undoubtedly remember the amazing, first-of-its-kind Lantern Forest that lit up Granville Street between Robson and W Georgia; that display—part of Vancouver LunarFest 2010—attracted 500,000 visitors and was the venue for the whimsical 2010 Lunar New Year Lantern Procession (see 2010 photos here).

Returning as an annual Vancouver event, Vancouver LunarFest 2011 will once again fashion a unique lantern display downtown, this time in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) (on the W Georgia St. side), that will run from February 3 – 13, 2011. Prepare to be awed by this year’s creations: LunarFest 2011 will create a “Lantern Aquarium,” where beautiful oceanic creatures from around the world will transform into lanterns. (I can’t wait to see it!)

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Vancouver LunarFest 2011 – February 3 – 13, 2011

Lunar New Year Lantern Procession & LunarFest

LunarFest's Lantern Procession parades down Granville Street

I just got back from downtown’s packed Granville Street—ever since the Olympics began, the car-free portion of Granville Street, particularly around Robson, has hosted impromptu street parties every night—where I caught the last of today’s Lunar New Year festivities, LunarFest’s Lantern Procession.

Starting on Granville just south of Robson and marching through the Lantern Forest between Robson and Georgia, the Procession’s marvelous stilt-walking “moon walkers” and “light carriers” created a carnival atmosphere, turning the crowded street into even more of a party than usual!

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Lunar New Year Lantern Procession & LunarFest

LunarFest 2010

LunarFest Lantern Procession to celebrate the Lunar New Year

Running through February 28, 2010, the annual Vancouver LunarFest is a Lunar New Year celebration like no other: Get ready for more lanterns—thousands made by school children and artists—than you can imagine, plus awe-inspiring cultural programs and events, too.

Part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad multicultural arts festival, this year’s LunarFest is transforming downtown Vancouver’s Granville Street—between Georgia Street and Robson Street in the heart of downtown’s shopping district—into a sea of colour and light with the Lantern Forest and an open-air art exhibit of works from Canadian and Taiwanese artists.

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LunarFest 2010