Celebrate the Year of the Rooster in Richmond, British Columbia
Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is one of the biggest celebrations in Asia. It is a time for families to come together, with festivities that can last up to two weeks. Some of the most vibrant Chinese New Year celebrations in North America are in Richmond, B.C., where a large number of its residents are of Asian descent. According to the lunar calendar, Saturday, January 28, 2017 marks the beginning of the year of the Rooster.
Here are some ways to celebrate Chinese New Year in Richmond:
Every year, thousands of people flock to Richmond’s Golden Village to welcome the Lunar New Year with cultural music and dance performances, flower markets and lion and dragon dances. Traditionally, Chinese families will fill their houses with blooming flowers, signifying growth and regeneration. Aberdeen Centre, one of North America’s largest Asian shopping malls, is a great place to stock up on decorations, gifts and flowers. From Saturday, January 21 to Saturday, January 28, visit the booths at the famous Flower & Gift Fair to pick up goodies for the New Year. Yaohan Centre, another popular Asian mall in Richmond is holding their flower market daily from 11:00am-7:00pm until Friday, January 27, 2017.
On New Year’s Day (Saturday, January 28, 2017), visit the International Buddhist Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in North America, to pay respects and pray for good fortune. Modeled after the Forbidden City in Beijing, the International Buddhist Temple is a sight to be seen, especially on Chinese New Year. It is said that those who pray at temples will be blessed for the coming year. Other Buddhist temples in Richmond where you can pray for good fortune include the Ling Yen Mountain Temple and Thrangu Monastery, the first traditional Tibetan monastery in Canada. Visitors of all faiths and religions are welcome to attend the festivities and join prayer and meditation services.
|Calendar of Events
Year of the Rooster at Aberdeen Centre– Friday, January 27, 2017-Sunday, January 29, 2017
|Visit Aberdeen Centre for their Countdown to Chinese New Year event from 8:30pm-12:30am on Friday, January 27, 2017. This event is a robust night of entertainment and celebration. Programs on the main stage include a pre-countdown stage show by Fairchild Radio from 8:30pm-10:00pm, personal blessings from the Chinese God of Fortune at 10:30pm and a live countdown with Fairchild Television from 10:30pm-12:10am. On the main stage the following two days on Saturday, January 28, 2017 to Sunday, January 29, 2017, is Aberdeen Centre’s Chinese New Year Cultural Showcase. Enjoy spectacular Chinese dance and orchestra performances, featuring talented local performers.|
|Chinese New Year Celebration at River Rock Casino Resort – various dates|
|Join the River Rock Casino Resort on Saturday, January 28, 2017 to ring in the Year of the Rooster. Festivities begin at 5:30pm, including a blessing ceremony at 5:45pm and a Lion and Dragon dance at 6:00pm. On various dates starting on Friday, January 27, 2017, Sherman Tai, master of fortune telling and feng shui, will be hosting charity fortune telling sessions by donation. All proceeds will benefit the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. Click here for more information.|
|Lunar New Year Celebration at Lansdowne Centre – Sunday, January 29, 2017|
|Ring in the Lunar New Year with the Richmond Chinese Community Society at Lansdowne Centre. This annual event starts at 1:00pm with multicultural performances including a Lion Dance, Chinese opera, drumming, martial arts demonstrations and more. Community organizations will be hosting exhibition booths, along with booths for Chinese calligraphy and craft sales. All proceeds will be donated to the Richmond Food Bank. Click here for more information.|
|Year of the Rooster at Parker Place – Wednesday, February 1, 2017-Sunday, February 5, 2017|
|On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, the Fortune God will be paying a visit to Parker Place Mall at 12:00pm. Be sure to join in on the festivities and catch the lion dance at 1:00pm. On Saturday, February 4, 2017, a Chinese calligrapher will be on site in the food court. Everyone is welcome to experience Chinese calligraphy and receive free Chinese couplets while quantities last. On Sunday, February 5, 2017, join Parker Place and AM 1320 for the Year of the Rooster celebration show. Starting at 12:30pm, prizes, scratch cards and traditional Chinese food will be handed out.|