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AC Library Celebrates Lunar New Year!

Written by Library in Library Blog on February 3, 2022

Lunar New Year, also called Chinese New Year, is on February 1st, 2022, but celebrations can last up to 16 days. The first 7 days of Chinese New Year is considered a public holiday in China (January 31st-February 6th) and the celebration ends with the Lantern Festival on February 15th. This celebration is tied to the Chinese Lunar calendar, and “the holiday began as a time for feasting and to honor household and heavenly deities, as well as ancestors” (History.com Editors, 2022).

The Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese calendar, which has been around since the 14th century B.C.E. This calendar was set according to the lunar phases and the Chinese zodiac (Mazzei, 2021). Chinese New Year is not only celebrated in China, but anywhere where there is a large Chinese population, including Vancouver! There are many activities and traditions that people partake in during Chinese New Year including visiting with relatives and enjoying special meals, public firework displays, dancing dragon performances, giving out “lucky money” in red envelopes, lantern displays, and paying respect to ancestors (Mazzei, 2021).

The Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac “is a repeating 12-year cycle of animal signs…based on the lunar calendar”; the zodiac animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig (Ho, 2022). During the Lunar New Year is when the transition from one animal to the next occurs, in 2021 the animal was the Ox and starting on February 1st, 2022, the year of the Tiger will begin.

Resources:

The Chinese New Year website has an abundance of information about the Chinese New Year including information about the Chinese Zodiac, traditions including food, drinks, and clothes, and festivities including decorations, red pockets, and the lantern festival.

https://chinesenewyear.net/

Events:

LunarFest Celebrations at Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza

  • February 5th and 6th 11am to 6pm
  • Free
  • Put on by Asian-Canadian Special Events Association – check out live performances, community booths, and more for the whole family to enjoy

Into the Light at Gateway Theatre

  • February 18th to 20th 5pm to 8pm (Friday), 1pm to 8pm (Saturday and Sunday)
  • All ages, bioluminescent immersive walk-through event created by Hong Kong born, Vancouver based artist Stephanie Won about “The Tale of Nian”
  • Ticketed event, cost $18-28

The Lantern City – Forever Young at Ocean Art Works, Granville Island

  • January 28th to February 21st
  • Free
  • Giant lanterns designed by Indigenous, Rukai, Taiwanese, Filipino and Canadian artists

The Lantern City – We Are A Family at Vancouver Art Gallery (North Side)

    January 27th to February 9th
    Gigantic lanterns designed by Taiwanese, South Asian, and Canadian artists will be set up and illuminated

Soar Over Taiwan at FlyOver Canada

  • Now until February 13th
  • Tickets available online
  • Immersive flight ride takes passengers along the waters near Green Island, above the famous Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival, past tea farms, and into the heart of Taipei – over the iconic Taipei 101 skyscraper.

LunarFest – West End Wishes at Cardero and Robson Street

  • January 30th to February 15th
  • Art installation located at Cardero and Robson Street throughout the Lunar New Year season created by Taiwanese-born visual artist Lady Hao Hao called Fulfilled, Fortune, and Good

Dr. Sun Yai-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Events

  • February 5th and 6th will have live storytelling, calligraphy demonstrations, as well as family-friendly activities across multiple craft tables. They also provide ways to celebrate at home by providing craft kits, storytelling, and online learning

For more information and other events in the lower mainland visit: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/lunar-new-year-events-metro-vancouver

References:

History.com Editors. (2022, January 5). Lunar New Year 2022. https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/chinese-new-year

Ho, Fefe. (2022). Chinese Zodiac. Chinese New Year. https://chinesenewyear.net/zodiac/

Mazzei, M. (2021). Chinese New Year. Salem Press Encyclopedia. http://elibrary.alexandercollege.ca/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ers&AN=98402045&site=eds-live&scope=site

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