Happy Chinese New Year! The year of the horse — the horse is attentive to all your troubles, and quick to react in the protection of those who cannot fight for themselves. The optimistic nature of 2014 allows us to cope with financial hardships and good fortune will soon be on the way. Celebrities born in the Year of the Horse include Ashton Kutcher, Barbara Streisand and Sir Paul McCartney.
Looking for ways to celebrate? The Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver hosts an annual parade, and has every year since 1979. The parade is a must-see for all Vancouverites, and brings over 50,000 annual spectators. More than 3,000 people perform in the parade, and the parade features the largest group of lion dance teams in Canada. It’s a celebration you will not want to miss!
When? Sunday February 2, 2014 @ 12 PM – 2 PM
Where? The Chinese New Year Parade route begins at the Millennium Arch at Pender Street, and heads south to Gore Street, turning west on Keefer street — a route of 1.5 KM.
A few other events to check out:
SUN YAT-SEN: Vancouvers historic Dr. Sun Yat- Sen Classical Garden celebrates the Lunar New year with a special Temple Fair: attendees are invited to enjoy traditional entertainment and pray for a prosperous new year. Feb 2 at 578 Carrall. By Donation
DUMPLING FEST: LunarFest welcomes back this popular culinary celebration. Exhits children’s activities, performances and dumplings. Feb. 7-9 at Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza (750 Hornby) Free
ABERDEEN CENTRE: Tradional costumed performances by the Vancouver Academy of Dance and Cantones Opera. Fe. 1 at Aberdeen Centre (4151 Hazelbridge, Richmond). Free
OAKRIDGE CENTRE: Performances from 10 – 11 am include eye-dotting ceremonies followed by the Lucky Lion visiting participating retailers for merchant blessings from 11- 12:30 p.m. Feb. 1 oakridgecentre.com
VSO CONCERT AND DINNER: Music by Chen Gang, HeZhanhao and Beethoven is conducted by Long Yu, an artistic director of the China Philharmonic. Preceded by a Chinese New Year celebration fundraising dinner benefitting VSO and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Feb 8 at Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe) Tickets $25- $88 ($500 with dinner) at vancouversymphony.ca
From all of us at KLM, we wish you prosperity and health in the year of the horse.