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Metro Vancouver Lunar New Year Celebration

  • January 12, 2023
  • By admin

Lunar New Year is on Sunday, January 22, 2023. This year, is the year of the Rabbit! We are excited to see so many activities happening this year, including the Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown. Here is a list of places to visit with your family and friends to celebrate the New Year.

Chinatown Spring Festival Parade

“Taking place on the first day of the Year of the Rabbit, the parade will feature the largest assembly of traditional lion dancers in Canada for an energetic, family friendly event throughout Chinatown. ⁠

In addition to the parade, there will be festivals and events at participating businesses and organizations on January 21st and 22nd. “

Fly Over Canada – Soar Over Taiwan

“From the Ruan’an Bagua Tea Farm to the glittering towers of Taipei, you’ll see the best of Taiwan aboard this awe-inspiring flight ride. Feel the ocean breezes, enjoy the scents of lush national parks and experience the thrilling sounds of bustling cities. Soar Over Taiwan is at FlyOver Canada for a limited time only — from January 10 to February 12, 2023.”

Lunar New Year Market – UBC Botanical Garden

“UBC Botanical Garden will host our first Lunar New Year event in 2023 to welcome the year of the rabbit! Local makers, artists, and crafters will be selling their goods. The festive event will also feature lion dances, kung fu performances from UBC Kung Fu Club, and dance performances from UBC Hanfu Culture Society and YunTang Dance Club. UBC Botanical Garden will also offer fresh flowers and potted plants for sale.”

Date and Time: January 14th – 15th, 2023 11:00AM – 4:00PM

Family Fun Lunar New Year Celebration – Gateway Theatre

“Did you know that eating fish for Lunar New Year brings prosperity for the year to come? Preparing the fish whole, from head to tail, is meant to ensure a good start and finish to the year! To learn more of these traditions in a fun, playful way, bring your whole family to Gateway Theatre for a joyful experience listening to a live reading of Bun Fun New Year (繽紛新年) – a humorous tale of Bunnifer and Bunnithy as they prepare a traditional Lunar New Year family feast. Welcome the Year of the Rabbit by practicing some ‘bunny dance moves’ and let your children’s imagination soar with themed craft activities we prepared for you on January 21, 2023″

Lunar New Year at the Garden – Sun Yat-Sen

“Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is the most important festival in China and a major event in some other East Asian countries and it celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar.

This year the Chinese New Year is on January 22nd! Join us during January 21st and 22nd and immerse yourself with an array of performances (including Lion Dance, Guzheng and City Opera Vancouver), Arts & Crafts, activities & activations, delicious food and witness the premiere of a brand new Exhibition by Chairman Ting!”

The Lantern City – Granville Island / Jack Poole Plaza / Vancouver Art Gallery

“The concept of the Lantern City was first imagined when Coastal Lunar Lanterns received an overwhelming response and more artists expressed their desire to take part.  Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, the plan was to introduce community lanterns in 2021 that would be displayed around town and feature artists to reflect our city’s diversity.  The plan is always about engaging artists who don’t always celebrate the LNY but are passionate about sharing their stories with one of the most important Asian traditions.

In 2022, we are excited to welcome Granville Island to the Lantern City family with Forever Young at Ocean Art Works. The community lanterns, We are a family, will be presented at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square, north of the Vancouver Art Gallery.”

Lunar New Year at Museum of Surrey

Museum of Surrey is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit by hosting a Lunar New Year celebration on their opening day on February 4, 2023, from 1pm-4pm. The free community event will offer performances and activities including a Dragon Dance by Chinese Village Club, lantern making, paper cutting, calligraphy, face painting, a short film and more.  

Lunar New Year at the Library

“Celebrate Lunar New Year at the Library with crafts, stories and puppet shows!”

Local Malls Celebrations

Lunar New Year Treats

NOTCH8 – Afternoon Tea

The Lunar New Year Afternoon Tea will be available from Friday, January 6 through Sunday, February 19 with seatings held at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. The special Lunar New Year Afternoon Tea Menu is available for $69 per person ($34.50 for children 12 and under), and begins with a selection of Fairmont’s LOT 35 Tea, along with sweet and savoury bites such as Chilled Char Siu Sablefish on Milk Bread, Typhoon Shelter Prawn Toast with mandarin orange aioli, Pork Dumplings, Foie Gras Turnip Cake with pork floss, Hainan Chicken Steamed Bao, Egg Custard Tart, Red Bean Macaron, and a special red envelope with chocolate coins.

Wild Sweets

Wild Sweets® By Dominique & Cindy Duby offers several gift options based on its creative version of Chinese sweets typically offered or served during Lunar New Year Celebrations, but within a chocolate context. These unique chocolates are designed with an ‘East-Meets-West’ approach of award-winning Western European chocolate craftsmanship inspired by Chinese culture flavor profile. Wild Sweets also designed a creative cake concept based on the Chinese colour theme of ‘Red & Gold’ topped with a handcrafted and painted ‘Lantern’. The cake features specific sweet ingredients for their symbolism in Chinese traditions including; Prosperity – Good Fortune – Longevity – Wealth, yet is crafted using modern French based chocolate-making techniques.

Purdys Chocolatier

  • Year of the Rabbit Gift Box, 16PC: Wish your loved ones good luck and fortune this Lunar New Year with a collection of our 16 bestselling treats like Mini Hedgehogs, Petit Chocolat, Himalayan Pink Salt Caramels and more in a special gift box. $23
  • Lunar New Year Gift Tote, 200g: Give good fortune (and creamy milk chocolate!) to everyone. These treats are individually wrapped in festive foil featuring the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. $14
  • Lucky Red Packet, 20g: A delicious token of good luck and fortune that includes 2 solid milk chocolate Gold Coins and 1 Lunar New Year Miniature. $2.75ea/3 for $7.75
  • Lunar New Year Gift Tin, 20 pc: Commemorate new beginnings with a Lunar New Year-themed keepsake gift tin that has a wealth of our most-loved chocolates like Mini Hedgehogs, Yuzu, Matcha, Passion Fruit, Almond Burst and more. $26

Chez Christophe – Lunar New Year 9pc Box

Celebrate “The Year of the Rabbit” with our Limited Edition 9 piece Chocolate Box. 

This set includes: Signature 70%, Cafe au Lait, Yverdon, Cognac & Strawberry Grand Marnier 

Don’t forget to check out our kids directory! We have a list of wonderful family photographers, local kids shop, Pediatric Dental Centre, Sleep Consultants, etc.

By admin, January 12, 2023
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