Chinese New Year--the Lunar New Year--isn't just a traditional festival for the Chinese; it's also the traditional New Year mark for Korean, Vietnamese and many other East Asian cultures. Which means that, for multicultural Vancouver, Chinese New Year/the Lunar New Year is a huge celebration!
Use this list to find the best, biggest Chinese New Year 2014 Events in Vancouver for the Year of the Horse.
1. Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade & Cultural Fair - February 2, 2014
Every year, Vancouver's Chinese New Year events culminate in a full day of New Year's celebrations in the heart of historic Chinatown, starting with the annual Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade. Organized by the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver since 1979, the parade has grown into a must-see event in Vancouver, attracting over 50,000 spectators and 3,000 performers, including the largest assembly of lion dance teams in Canada.
After the parade, free festivities continue at the Chinatown Spring Festival & Cultural Fair at Sun Yat-sen Plaza (50 East Pender Street) until 5pm, followed by a Chinese New Year Banquet at Floata Restaurant that includes live entertainment.
2. Chinese New Year at the International Village - February 7 - 9, 2014
One of the biggest free Vancouver Chinese New Year events is held at Chinatown's International Village shopping centre (better known locally as Tinseltown), located at 88 West Pender Street. At Chinese New Year, over 150,000 visitors head to the International Village for three days of free festivities, including lots of live performances, traditional dance, and kids' activities.
3. Vancouver LunarFest - February 7 - 9, 2014
Since its creation in 2009 as an arts and culture event for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Vancouver LunarFest has become a non-traditional favourite among Vancouver Chinese New Year events. Dedicated to showcasing contemporary expression in Asian arts and culture, LunarFest honours the Lunar New Year with exhibits, performances, and free kids activities, and a Dumpling Fest.