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There are many ways to cel­e­brate Lu­nar New Year in the Lower Main­land, in­clud­ing by go­ing out for a great meal. For more on that, see page 13. Below, we’ve com­piled a list of other ac­tiv­i­ties taking place across the re­gion.

ABERDEEN CEN­TRE (4151 Hazel­bridge Way, Jan­uary 27 and 28) The an­nual Chi­nese New Year flower and gift fair at Aberdeen Cen­tre in Rich­mond fea­tures booths of­fer­ing Chi­nese New Year dec­o­ra­tions, snacks, fresh flow­ers, and plants, as well as toys and other presents. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. A count­down to Chi­nese New Year starts at 8:30 p.m. on the 27th. Spec­ta­tors will be treated to a golden dragon and lion dance on Jan­uary 28 in the mall’s out­door court­yard, start­ing at 11 a.m.

DR. SUN YAT-SEN CLAS­SI­CAL CHI­NESE GAR­DEN (578 Car­rall Street, to Fe­bru­ary 24) The first full ex­hibit at Van­cou­ver’s Dr. Sun Yat-sen Clas­si­cal Chi­nese Gar­den puts fam­ily at the cen­tre of the Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tion. Dubbed Com­ing Home: Tra­di­tions of Chi­nese New Year, the show presents in­ter­ac­tive and ed­u­ca­tional dis­plays about cul­tural prac­tices that have en­dured through the ages. The gar­den also hosts its Year of the Rooster Tem­ple Fair on Jan­uary 29, with arts and crafts, tai chi, tra­di­tional mu­sic, and a lion dance.

CRYS­TAL MALL (4500 Kingsway, Jan­uary 29) Start­ing at noon, the mall will host a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a lion dance that fea­tures a per­for­mance called “pick­ing the green”. It’s the cli­max of the lion dance, wherein the an­i­mal eats the veg­etable leaves (of­ten a head of let­tuce)—tied to a red packet con­tain­ing money—that are hung above the doors of shops. It’s a sym­bolic bless­ing by the lion, sig­ni­fy­ing abun­dance in the com­ing year. Events also in­clude prize draws and games. There are also free Chi­nese cal­lig­ra­phy greet­ings. LONS­DALE QUAY (123 Car­rie Cates Court, Jan­uary 28) Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tions at Lons­dale Quay get cook­ing at 1 p.m. on Jan­uary 28 with a demon­stra­tion on how to pre­pare dumplings, a tra­di­tional food sym­bol­iz­ing longevity and wealth. It will be con­ducted by Re­nee Chan of True Nosh, a com­pany that pro­duces food prod­ucts for those who want to cut their sugar con­sump­tion. A lion dance

fol­lows af­ter the lion’s eye is dot­ted as a bless­ing cer­e­mony. A “god of for­tune” will be hand­ing out lucky red en­velopes.


YU (Or­pheum The­atre, Fe­bru­ary 1) The Van­cou­ver-raised in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned pi­anist will host the Van­cou­ver Sym­phony Orches­tra’s Lu­nar New Year cel­e­bra­tion with a group of out­stand­ing mu­si­cians. vi­o­lin­ist Lucy Wang (a VSO School of Mu­sic Con­certo Com­pe­ti­tion win­ner), per­cus­sion­ist Nestor Wu, pi­anists Stephanie Chung and Ho Jin Choi, vi­o­lin­ists Ni­cholas Wright and Ja­son Ho, vi­o­list An­drew Brown, tim­panist Jungeun Rhee, and cel­list Ariel Barnes are among them. To add an east­ern touch, UBC School of Mu­sic fac­ulty mem­bers Karen Wong and Zhongxi Wu will play the sheng and suona, re­spec­tively. The Van­cou­ver Zion Mis­sion Choir and sev­eral vo­cal soloists are also sched­uled to per­form. Al­though it’s be­ing pre­sented by the VSO, the orches­tra is not part of the lineup.

SHEN YUN (Queen El­iz­a­beth The­atre, Jan­uary 29 to 31) Tech­ni­cally, this is not a Lu­nar New Year event, but this grace­ful Chi­nese dance show re­vives leg­ends and clas­si­cal sto­ries from the past 5,000 years in China, along­side some spec­tac­u­lar ac­ro­bat­ics and gor­geous cos­tumes. It was launched in New York in 2006 by fol­low­ers of Falun Dafa, a Chi­nese spir­i­tual prac­tice that in­cludes med­i­ta­tion and qigong (body pos­tures, move­ments, and breathing ex­er­cises to achieve bet­ter health). The orches­tra com­bines western strings, per­cus­sion, and wood­winds with Chi­nese in­stru­ments, all in front of a dig­i­tally an­i­mated back­drop. Shen Yun in­te­grates his­tory with artis­tic ex­pres­sion.


PA­RADE (Chinatown, Jan­uary 29) Start­ing at 11 a.m. at the Chinatown Mil­len­nium Gate, the 44th an­nual Chi­nese New Year pa­rade runs east along Pen­der Street to Gore Street be­fore turn­ing south to Keefer Street and down the hill to end at Ab­bott Street. Ev­ery year, hordes of politi­cians join the fes­tiv­i­ties, hand­ing out lucky red pack­ets to peo­ple along the route. It’s ex­pected that more than 100,000 Van­cou­verites will line the street to hear march­ing bands and see lots of lion dancers. Or­ga­nized by sev­eral groups with ties to Chinatown, it’s a great way to ex­pe­ri­ence mul­ti­cul­tural Van­cou­ver. You can also learn about dif­fer­ent prov­inces of China, which each have their own ex­pats march­ing to­gether in the pa­rade.

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