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Celebrating Chinese New Year in Vancouver

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The Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, is an important holiday richly marked with customs and traditions for many Asian cultures. Vancouver, with its multicultural population, hosts some of the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations in North America. Marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, the Year of the Monkey starts on February 8, 2016.

If you are from out of town and plan to visit Vancouver, what better time than for Chinese New Year? We boast some of the best Asian food in the world! And if you’re a Vancouverite, why not enjoy some of these festivities that are already happening in our own backyard? With lanterns and red decorations around town and lion dancers performing at different venues, these celebrations aren't to be missed.

Here are events around Metro Vancouver to celebrate the 2016 Lunar New Year:

Chinese New Year Parade

This annual tradition draws in more than 100,000 visitors and features almost 3,000 performers including lion and dragon dancers, multicultural dance troupes, local bands and motorcycle teams. The 2016 parade will feature more than 70 entries.

When: February 14, 11am - 1pm

Where: The parade starts from the Millennium Gate at Pender St. between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street.

Richmond Countdown Night to the Chinese New Year of the Monkey

A live countdown to the new year with Fairchild Television. Programs include cultural performances before the countdown and personal blessings from the Chinese God of Fortune.

When: February 7, 8:30 pm - February 8, 12:10 am

Where: Aberdeen Centre, 151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC (accessible via the Canada Line Skytrain)

Lunar Fest 2016

An exhibition showcasing Asian cultures and traditions, featuring performances, food, games and crafts.

When: February 12-14, 12 - 6 pm

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza (750 Hornby St., Vancouver)

International Village Year of the Monkey Celebration

Take a stroll through exhibition and sales booths on the main level of International Village. Shops in the mall will feature Chinese New Year festive items, souvenirs and gift wares. There will also be multicultural live performances on stage.

When: February 11-13

Where: International Village Mall (88 Pender Street West)

Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Cultural Fair

This cultural fair features multicultural performances, a martial arts demonstration and a special lion dance for the grand finale.

When: February 13 and 14, 2016.
Performance Schedule: Feb. 13, 1 - 4 pm; Feb. 14, 2 - 4 pm

Where: Sun Yat-Sen Plaza (50 East Pender Street)

Aberdeen Centre's 2016 Chinese New Year Flower & Gift Fair

An array of Chinese New Year displays featuring performances in the main atrium during specified hours.

When: February 1 - 8, mall hours (Feb 7 extended hours till 12:30 midnight)

Where: Aberdeen Centre, 151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC (accessible via the Canada Line Skytrain)

Dharma Drum Vancouver Centre – Chan Culture Open House

The centre will be hosting activities such as meditation, drumming lessons, calligraphy, and Chinese traditional musical performances. There will also be a vegetarian lunch and an ancient Chan (Zen) tea ceremony

When: February 13, 10 am - 3 pm

Where: 8240 No.5 Road, Richmond


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Cover photo of Chinese New Year Celebration in Vancouver by Briana & Will Tomkinson https://flic.kr/p/9dLf3

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