The Chinese community, the cities of Richmond and Vancouver, the business community and the various cultural organizations and sponsors come together to put on a series of magnificent celebrations and events to welcome the Lunar New Year in spectacular fashion.
There is a fabulous Spring Festival Parade through the streets of Chinatown, lively street fairs and markets and dazzling cultural performances throughout the city where restaurants, shopping centers, cultural venues and libraries join in the celebrations.
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There is so much going on in the area, and thankfully, this year both cities have teamed up to make it easier for all of us to find what is happening where. Check out the Vancouver / Richmond Lunar New Year Website for a complete listing of all events!
Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Parade
This is Vancouver's Chinese New Year signature event and features the largest assembly of traditional lion dance teams in Canada and of course dozens of performing troupes, acrobats, marching bands, cultural performers and parading dragons.
When: Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Where: Streets of Vancouver Chinatown. The 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.
How Much: FREE!
More Info and Parade Map: www.cbavancouver.ca/
Year of the Rat Celebrations at Aberdeen Centre
Lots going on here throughout the New Year period:
- Flower & Gift Fair - January 18 - 26, 2020 during mall hours
- Chinese New Year's Countdown - TBC January 24, 2020 at the Central Atrium from 8:30 pm, countdown at midnight
- Golden Dragon and Lion Dance - TBC January 25, 2020 at the Outdoor Courtyard at 11:00 am, store-to-store lion visits from 12:15 pm
- Chinese New Year Cultural Showcase - TBA at the Central Atrium. Last year featuring concerts with the BC Chinese Music Association and the Vancouver Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and performances by the Vancouver Academy of Dance and Colors of Dance Academy
Where?: Aberdeen Centre at 9160 Steveston Hwy, Richmond, BC
How Much?: FREE
More Info: www.aberdeencentre.com
Chinese New Year at Buddhist International Temple
On its own worth a visit, this is a gorgeous temple modelled after Beijing's Forbidden City, and during the Chinese New Year festivities, it comes to life with a bustling and colorful traditional New Year Flower Bazaar, auspicious windmills, late-night snacks and foods and more.
A great day to visit is on New Year's Eve when people from all walks of life come to pray for good fortune and pay their respects. Traditional blessing couplets, auspicious flowers, snacks and foods will abound.
When?: Chinese New Year Flower and Couplets Bazaar - January 18 - 19, 2020
Chinese New Year's Eve Blessing Ceremony - January 24, 2020 from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am New Year's Day
Where?: International Buddhist Temple at 9160 Steveston Hwy, Richmond, BC
How Much?: FREE
More Info: www.buddhisttemple.ca/
Lunar New Year at International Village
- Arts festival, cultural performances, CNY Booths and Exhibits - January 24 - 26, 2020
- Chinese New Year Celebration: opening ceremony, stage performances and lion dances
- Chinese New Year Parade - January 26, 2020
The Spring Festival Parade on January 26 starts at the Millenium Gate outside the Yokoyaya entrance of the International Village Mall on Pender Street.
Where?: International Village Mall at Unit 2083 - 88 Pender Street West Vancouver, BC
How Much?: FREE
More Info: www.internationalvillagemall.ca
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