Lunar New Year is a wonderful time to celebrate the rich culture and traditions of the Chinese community and other communities in Vancouver. Lunar New Year 2023 falls on Sunday, January 22nd, 2023, and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 5th, 2023. Whether you're a member of the Chinese community or just looking to learn more about this fascinating holiday, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in the celebration in Vancouver. So why not take this chance to experience the vibrant culture and traditions of the Chinese community and celebrate the start of a new year?
10 Ways to celebrate Lunar New Year In Metro Vancouver
January 21, 2023 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
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.
January 22, 2023 - 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
The parade takes place in Chinatown and features floats, dancers, and musicians. The parade is a great opportunity to see traditional Chinese costumes and performances, and to learn more about the culture and traditions of the Chinese community.
There are many ways to get involved in the celebration, including attending a parade, visiting a Chinese cultural center, participating in traditional activities, and enjoying delicious Chinese food and drink and more.
- The Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade is one of the largest and most popular events in the city to celebrate the holiday.
- Lunar New Year Market at UBC Botanical Gardens The first Lunar New Year event in 2023 to welcome the year of the rabbit! Local makers, artists, and crafters will be selling their goods.
- Family Fun Lunar New Year Celebration at the Gateway theater for crafts, stories , bunny dances, games & more.
- You can find out what your Chinese zodiac sign is by looking up your birth year and learning about the characteristics and traits associated with it. Chinese zodiac signs are based on a 12-year cycle, with each year represented by a different animal.
- Explore the Lantern City art installation on Granville Island
- Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony and music from the BC Chinese Music Association at the Vancouver Public Library.
- Take a self-guided tour of Chinatown.
- Visit a Chinese garden: Vancouver is home to several beautiful Chinese gardens, including the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and the Vancouver Chinese Garden Society Garden. These gardens offer a peaceful and serene escape from the city, and are a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
- Enjoy Chinese food and drink: Chinese New Year is a great time to enjoy some traditional Chinese food and drink. Vancouver is home to many excellent Chinese restaurants, offering everything from dumplings and noodles to roasted meat and seafood. Check out the Dumpling Trail Tour in Richmond.
- The Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver in Vancouver offer a range of educational and cultural programs related to Chinese culture and history.
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