1) CNY Parade – The 46th Annual Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Parade. This signature event of Vancouver’s Chinatown will feature lion dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts performances and much more. This is an annual cultural extravaganza not to be missed. The parade will begin at 11 am. The Year of the Pig (Boar) in the Chinese Lunar calendar will begin on Tuesday, February 5th in 2019. Come see the sights and hear the sounds of the festivities!
For further information Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver site.
Where & When?: The 1.3-km long route starts at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street), proceeds east along Pender Street, turns south onto Gore Street, turns west onto Keefer Street and then disperses on Keefer at Abbott. | Feb. 10, 2019 – 10:00am
2) The Lunar New Year Festival starts with celebrations for Chinese New Year on Feb 4 & 5 and continues with many events through the weekend of Feb 9 & 10, 2019. They provide a great informational website at https://lunarfestival.com/
Kickoff Chinese New Year Feb 4 & 5, 2019
Lunar New Year Weekend Feb 9 & 10, 2019
3) Chinese New Year at Aberdeen Centre. There’s a full slate of events over the coming weeks at Abderdeen Centre including a Lunar New Year live countdown with Fairchild Radio, a traditional lion dance, and even zodiac symbol selfie stations. The dragon and lion dances take place on Feb. 5, while live musical performances take place throughout the day on Feb. 9 and 10.
For further information Aberdeen Centre website.
Where & When?: Aberdeen Centre Richmond | Feb 4-10 2019
4) Surrey International Lantern Festival 2019.
Celebrate Lunar New Year at the Surrey International Lantern Festival with traditional dragon and lion dances, a visit from the God of Wealth and a mythical pig and maybe even receive a lucky red envelope. Lanterns on display include a replica of Beijing’s Temple of Heaven, and a dinosaur kingdom.
Where & When?: Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre Park (17726 62 Ave., Surrey)
Adults: $17.99; Children and seniors: $7.99; Family/group pricing available
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Author: Meryl Hamdillah is a REALTOR with Sutton WestCoast Group and is an active community writer in Tri-Cities and Vancouver. If you are interested in a real estate or community topic in Tri-Cities or Metro Vancouver, feel free to call me.