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Gung Hay Fat Choy, Honey

February 10th, 2008 @ 12:37pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I’ve almost completely left the Chinese New Year celebrations slip by me this year. Today at 12:00pm (about 20 mins ago) the parade kicked of in Chinatown, starting at Pender and Carrall, “it travels northbound on Pender, east on Gore, south on Keefer and ends at Carall.” [News1130]


Photo credit: SqueakyMarmot on Flickr

Vancouver has a huge Chinese population, filled with tradition, and pride that helped build up this entire region. When walking around my side of town I hardly notice anything that would hint that the new year was here. The only shop window displaying something festive is Le Chateau on Burrard and Robson. It’s storefont is filled with bright red lanterns trimmed with gold, strewn about the entire window display. It’s actually quite nice. The rest of the shops are focusing on what’s happening February 14th. Something with less tradition but I suppose more buying power.

The entire moth of February is about a heart-shaped box (which are themselves being made into chocolate this year). Commercials on the radio are suggesting that a mobile phone is “the perfect gift” or maybe that mp3 player or TV. I’ve already touched on the fact that we don’t need much for Valentine’s Day so I’m going to highlight other things happening in this city this month – even though we’re almost halfway through.

  • Today: Chinese New Year Parade – Chinatown
  • Today: More Chinese New Year Festivities at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens until 4:30pm
  • Today: Free Family Day – BC Sports Hall of Fame
  • Today: The Satchmo Suite, Louis Armstrong tribute, “pay what you can” – Vancouver East Cultural Centre
  • Feb 14: Heart and Stroke Foundation Celebrity Breakfast
  • Feb 14: Beer my Valentine’s – Granville Island Brewing
  • Feb 17: Climb the Wall, Stairclimb for Clean Air – Wall Centre
  • Feb 17: Little Sweetheart Ball, Family Event – Plaza of Nations
  • Feb 23: Multicultural Health Fair – Croatian Cultural Centre
  • Feb 23: VOC Soul Gospel Choir, Black History Month Free Soul-Gospel Sing-a-long – Vancouver East Cultural Centre
  • Ongoing: Contemporary Craft in BC: Excellence within Diversity – Vancouver Museum until April
  • Also next weekend Mount Washington is hosting the Ski for MS. The Thelma to my Louise, Keira-Anne will be boarding to raise funds for a great cause. Read more about it on her post.

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    3 comments

    1. GZ Expat says:

      Gong Hei! We arrived back home last night to a barrage of fireworks all around our home…felt like WWIII outside! But…ohhhhh…it’s still cold here.

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    3. fotoeins says:

      Luverly to see a photo still from me old hood! (By the way, have you both visited the “original” Hon’s in Chinatown?)

      Today, I went to dim sum in San Marino, CA (just south of Pasadena). It felt like everybody in greater L.A. showed up to this one place; there’s nothing like controlled chaos or waiting in a room full of anxious and hungry people trying to ensure that their “number” or table is called before anyone else’s.

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