This Sunday, January 22nd, marks the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit, those born in 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, are celebrating ‘their birth sign year’. The fourth of all zodiac animals, legend has it the Rabbit was proud—arrogant even—of its speed, looking down on the other slower animals. (reminiscent of The Tortoise & The Hare).
The Rabbit steadily moves towards their goal, no matter what negativity the others give them. With solid reasoning skills and attention to detail, they make great scholars, as well they are socializers with an attractive aura. However, they find it hard to open up to others and often turn to escapism. Though methodical in their actions, they need surprises every so often to spice things up.
Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year is one of the most important events for Asian families as millions make visits to their home countries, towns and family, in the coming days to celebrate the arrival of the new year. Through the decades, celebrations and traditions have spread around the globe. With Metro Vancouver’s large Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and other Asian communities, our cities are hopping with events to entertain those who can’t make the trip home, or are returning here to visit family.
In addition to celebrations popping up all round the region’s malls and centres Here’s a few of the events happening to help celebrate the Year of the Rabbit:
Spring Festival Parade: Starting at 11am on January 22nd, the 48th Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival events are highlighted by the Spring Festival Fair at Sun Yat-Sen Plaza and the return of the Chinatown Parade. From the Millennium Gate on Pender Street wrapping through Chinatown along Pender, Gore and Keefer Streets the route will be packed with revellers anxious to see and hear the excitement and colours of the Parade fill the streets again.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden: Celebrate Lunar New Year at The Garden, ushering in the Year of the Rabbit with a weekend of activities and celebrations, January 21 & 22. From 11am to 6pm each day find an array of performances (including Lion Dance, Guzheng and City Opera Vancouver), Arts & Crafts, activities & activations, delicious food and view the brand new Billion Buns exhibition by Chairman Ting
Chinatown Storytelling: The Vancouver Chinatown Foundation hosts a variety of celebrations and events, both free and ticketed, based at the Chinatown Storytelling Centre;
January 21: The Power of Animation by Trevor Lai (award-winning author, animator and designer of the Canucks’ Lunar New Year jersey)
January 28: Year of the Rabbit Heritage Food Tasting + Cantopop / KPop Night featuring Chinatown Chefs, and music with DJ Manica Ng of Fairchild Radio, Yunik Dance, Sophie Yung, and Ernest Chan.
Lunar Fest 2023: Lunar Fest and Lantern City celebrations pop up all around the city at šx????n?q Xwtl’e7énk Square (Vancouver Art Gallery), Granville Island, and West End- Robson Street. The LunarFest concert “Together We Are” takes place January 24th at The Orpheum Theatre in-person, as well as streams online. Events and activities take place January 20 – February 20, 2023.
Fly Over Canada: You don’t have to go far, to visit Asia as guests to Fly Over Canada can experience spectacular Taiwan from above as Soar Over Taiwan takes flight only until February 12th. Starting with a unique Lunar New Year-themed preshow, then strap in and take off and fly high over Taiwan’s vibrant natural and urban landscapes. Then stay and enjoy some Taiwan-inspired food & drink at the Flying Whale Waterfront Café and add your wish to the Wishing Tree.
Family Fun Lunar New Year Celebration: Gateway Theatre in Richmond welcomes families to the Theatre for an entertaining celebration starting off with listening to a live reading in Studio B of Bun Fun New Year – written and performed by the Five Blessings Collective – a humorous tale of Bunnifer and Bunnithy as they prepare a traditional Lunar New Year family feast as well as teaching audiences ‘bunny dance moves’ and children will get into the spirit of the new year with Year of the Rabbit themed craft activities. Two 90-minute event times are available on January 21, tickets can be booked online at gatewaytheatre.com/lny