Lunar New Year Festivities in Vancouver
While it’s an Asian tradition, the Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world, with parades, music, feasts, and red envelopes. This year, we return to the Year of the Pig, which symbolizes wealth and fortune. There are lots of ways to join in the festivities in Metro Vancouver. How will you celebrate?
Now in its 46th year, this colourful parade marches through downtown Vancouver’s Chinatown with lion dances, drummers, and martial arts. Find a spot on East Pender Street to watch the show – the parade begins at 11am.
You may be familiar with the FlyOver Canada ride that usually plays at Canada Place. And until February 24th, you can soar over China in Flight of the Dragon. Gaze at stunning scenes with your feet dangling precariously close to the treetops.
On February 8th and 9th, from 5pm to 8:30pm, view the beautiful lanterns at Surrey International Lantern Festival. The dragon and lion dances, mythical pig, and special red envelopes are fun for the whole family.
Stop by the Vancouver Art Gallery on February 9th and 10th to experience performances, food, crafts, and a special pig art exhibit. Learn all about the universe of piggy banks or get your fortune read – there’s lots to do for all ages.
This Saturday, February 9th, join us at the Forte Sales Centre for a merchant blessing ceremony from the Heights Merchant Association. Lion dancers and drummers will perform to encourage luck and prosperity. The blessings at our Sales Centre could happen any time between 2 and 3pm – be part of the festivities at 4780 Hastings Street, Burnaby!
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