Vancouver Year of the Dragon Celebration at International Village – January 27 – 29, 2012

Vancouver Year of the Dragon Celebration at International Village - January 27 - 29, 2012

Join in at one of Vancouver’s most central, most festive and most memorable Chinese New Year festivals this January as we welcome in the auspicious Year of the Dragon!

Whether it’s the two levels of exhibition booths, stage performances or the Hourly Lucky Draw that catches your eye, you know that at International Village you’ll start the Year of the Dragon off with a blast (and not just from firecrackers)!

What:

Year of the Dragon Celebration at International Village

When:

January 27, 2012 12:00pm – 10:00pm
January 28, 2012 12:00pm – 10:00pm
January 29, 2012 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Where:

International Village
88 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC

Event Highlights

  • Two levels of exhibition booths showcasing everything from fashion accessories to traditional Chinese clothing
  • Kids Corner with bouncy castle, face painting, balloon twisting and more
  • Hourly Lucky draw with a fabulous grand prize
  • Stage performances by the hour
  • Opening ceremony and Lion Dance
  • Free Admission for All

History of Chinese New Year

The origin of the Chinese New Year is centuries old – in fact, too old to actually be traced. It is popularly recognized as the Spring Festival and celebrations last 15 days. Preparations tend to begin a month from the date of the Chinese New Year (similar to a Western Christmas), when people start buying presents, decoration materials, food and clothing. A huge clean-up gets underway days before the New Year, when Chinese houses are cleaned from top to bottom to sweep away any traces of bad luck. Doors and windowpanes are given a new coat of paint, usually red. The doors and windows are then decorated with paper cuts and couplets with themes such as happiness, wealth and longevity printed on them.

The eve of the New Year is the most exciting part of the event, as anticipation creeps in. Traditions and rituals are very carefully observed in everything from food to clothing. Dinner is usually a feast of seafood and dumplings, signifying different good wishes. On the day itself, an ancient custom called Hong Bao or Lycee, meaning Red Packet, takes place. This involves married couples giving children and unmarried adults money in red envelopes. Then the family begins to say greetings from door to door, first to their relatives and then to their neighbours. The celebration of the New Year ends on the 15th day of the New year and is marked by the Festival of Lanterns, which is a celebration with singing, dancing and lantern shows. Although celebrations of the Chinese New Year vary, the underlying message is one of peace and happiness for family members and friends for the year to come.

For more information, please visit: http://www.henderson-development.ca/theinternationalvillage

Check out the 2012 Vancouver Chinese New Year Parade – Year of the Dragon (video x photo gallery)

James Chung

Founder & Editor in Chief of Hello Vancity magazine. Email james@hellovancity.com

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