Guide: 6 places to celebrate Chinese New Year a
We’re going to go out on a limb and say that there is no better city in Canada to celebrate the Lunar New Year than Vancouver. From family dining to shopping, temple visits to parades, the Lunar New Year is one of the most culturally significant events in Vancouver.
While there are activities and deals throughout the city, we thought we would pick our top 5 choices.
The longest running part of the Lunar New Year, Bodhi Meditation in Richmond is offering a wide variety of activities. The first of these is a marketplace, then stress relief classes, followed by a blessing ceremony, and finishing with a charity gala.
When: Saturday, January 26 to Sunday, February 3
Where: Bodhi Meditation, 7740 Alderbridge Way, Richmond
Tickets: Admission free with reservation
A traditional Buddhist Temple constructed in 1983, the International Buddhist Temple is an important gathering place for those practicing Mahayana Buddhism. To boot, the founders received a Centennial Award in 1993, given by the Lieutenant Governor, for the “Significant Contribution to the Canadian Community”. So yeah, it will be a very authentic and enriching celebration.
When: Monday, February 2, 10PM-1AM
Where: 9160 Steveston Hwy, Richmond
Tickets: Free to attend!
The first traditional Tibetan monastery in Canada, Thrangu Monastery is an important aspect of Vancouver’s spiritual landscape. We’re not going to touch on the history of the various Buddhist disciplines here, but we wholeheartedly endorse attending and supporting the temple.
When: Tuesday, February 5, 9Am-12PM
Where: 8140 No. 5 Road, Richmond
Tickets: Free to attend!
This, alongside the Chinatown Parade, will probably be the busiest event of the Lunar New Year. There will be a market place, storytelling, arts and crafts, tea tastings and ping pong! That’s not even all you can do, just our personal favourites from the list.
When: Sunday, February 10, 10:30AM-4PM
Where: 578 Carrall Street
Tickets: Entrance by $5 donation
Alright, so you want to celebrate the New Year but you also want to gamble. Nice, we can hop on that train too. Parq Vancouver will be putting on a Lantern Making Workshop February 17 as well as hosting a Traditional Lion Dance February 5. Of course, the main draws are the Lunar New Year-related contests and giveaways.
When: Throughout the New Year
Where: 39 Smithe Street
We saved the best for last. This historic parade will transform Chinatown and attracts around 100,000 viewers each year. The website describes it as a ‘cultural extravaganza’, and we’re inclined to agree with it.
When: Sunday, February 10 at 11 AM
Where: All around Chinatown, check the map here