Lunar New Year is celebrated in many parts of Asia, including China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. The holiday acknowledges the beginning of a new year via the lunisolar calendar, commonly known as the lunar calendar. Celebrations typically last from the new moon through to the fifteenth day of the first Lunar Calendar Month. This short video shows a glimpse of what the Lunar New Year Festival is all about.
In Vancouver, the Lunar New Year Festival features exciting traditions, authentic cuisine, and a general sense of delight. Buddhist temples open their doors, Taiwanese artists display their handcrafted gems, and parades line the streets for nearly three weeks. This immersive festival takes participants into the heart of Asian culture with lantern-decorating workshops, dancing demonstrations, and mandarin singing.
Age-old traditions like lighting firecrackers to scare off evil spirits and decorating red lanterns to welcome good fortune are important rituals to conduct during the festival season. Another tradition that brings good luck includes the lion dances, in which performers adorn themselves in brightly colored lion costumes and mimic the moment of lions while gongs and drums resonate in the background. Children receive lucky red envelopes lined with money from older family members as a blessing for good wishes in the year ahead.
Plan to stay near North America’s third-largest Chinatown in downtown Vancouver where the population is nearly equally divided between immigrants and non-immigrant and 25% of the population identifies Chinese as their first language. Being so close to the center of the action makes for an unforgettable experience.