Lunar New Year events return to Metro Vancouver

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A number of dignitaries including BC Prime Minister David Eby and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were present in Vancouver’s Chinatown as several events in Metro Vancouver celebrated the Lunar New Year.

marked Sunday the first day of the year in many Asian cultures according to the lunar calendar.

And this year the time has come the year of the rabbit — one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac the year of the cat in Vietnamese culture.

In Vancouver, the Chinatown Spring Festival Parade has returned for the first time since 2020. It is considered the largest such parade in Canada.

Hundreds of people lined the streets to watch traditional lion and dragon dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts displays and more.

The parade features traditional lion and dragon dances, cultural dance troupes, marching bands, martial arts displays and more. (Genevieve Lasalle/Radio Canada)

The parade is one of many personal public events returning to Vancouver and other parts of BC

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, BC Premier David Eby and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh were all in Sunday’s parade. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Among many others, Trudeau, Eby, Conservative leader Pierre Polievre, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim attended.

Many dragon dances and other traditional celebrations were featured in the parade in Vancouver’s Chinatown. (Genevieve Lasalle/Radio Canada)

However, news from a Shooting at a Lunar New Year event in California, people stopped at the event, including the Prime Minister.

“We will be there for any support that Canada can offer,” Trudeau told reporters before the parade began on Saturday.

The parade was held off the streets of Chinatown after two years as the pandemic prevented large gatherings. The leaders said they hope the event will show the importance of unity against hate against Asia. (Genevieve Lasalle/Radio Canada)

Despite the tragic events south of the Canada-US border, thousands of Canadians still took to the streets to officially usher in what the Chinese zodiac system celebrates as the Year of the Rabbit .

“It’s a reminder of why we need to come together to fight hate and racism, come together and celebrate our cultural diversity here in BC,” Premier Eby told CBC News.

This year marks the Year of the Rabbit in Chinese culture. Under the Chinese zodiac, each year is named after one of 12 animals that rotate based on the lunar calendar. (Genevieve Lasalle/Radio Canada)

Frank Huang, one of the coordinators of the parade, said he hopes the Year of the Rabbit will bring prosperity to Chinatown.

Many dignitaries including the Prime Minister, opposition leaders, MPs and MLAs all attended the Chinatown parade. (Wildinette Paul/Radio Canada)

Other events mark the occasion

Across Metro Vancouver, festival mainstays like the Countdown and the Aberdeen Center Flower Fair have also returned.

BC Liberal Party Leader Kevin Falcon was at the mall on Saturday for the countdown, which also returned in person this year.

CLOCK | Tour of Aberdeen Center during the festival:

A tour of the Aberdeen Center in Richmond as the Lunar New Year approaches

Manager Tiffany Ho leads a tour of vendors at Aberdeen Mall ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations – the first since the end of pandemic measures.

Other events were also held to mark the occasion, including a Year of the Rabbit celebration at the International Village shopping center in Chinatown and an art exhibition at Dr Sun Yat-Sen’s garden.

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