Around the world
Lunar New Year celebrations
last for 15 days.
Vietnamese, Chinese and Korean communities
celebrate this day.
Sometimes this holiday is called
the Spring Festival.
Why is red important?
Red is the colour of luck, joy and wealth.*
Stories long ago say evil is frightened
by the colour red.
The colour is similar to fire.
*wealth means having lots of money
Older adults give red envelopes
to younger, unmarried family members.
It is a blessing for good luck, health and wealth.
Usually the envelopes have money.
A parent might give each child $100;
an aunt may give a nephew $20.
A family friend may give $5.
Why is food important?
New Year’s Eve dinner
is the most important meal
of this holiday.
Often, families get together.
Dishes like whole fish, dumplings, chicken
and vegetarian Buddha’s Feast
are favourite foods during this holiday.
Many people believe
these foods bring good luck.
Fish and dumplings
The Chinese word for “fish” is yue.
Yue sounds like “wealth” in Chinese.
And dumplings look like old Chinese money.
Chicken is also a traditional dish.
Sometimes, a restaurrant may write
“phoenix” on its menu, not chicken.
The Phoenix is a bird in storybooks.
This bird symbolizes rebirth.
Buddha’s Feast is made with eight vegetarian ingredients.
Eight is a lucky number in Chinese culture.
The number sounds like “wealth” in Chinese.
Some malls and stores in communities across B.C.
will have celebrations, too.
This is the time to buy new shoes and clothes.
New things symbolize new beginnings, a fresh foot forward.
Gung Hay Fat Choy!
This means “Best wishes and Congratulations.
Have a prosperous and good year.”
- 2015 Spring Festival Parade is on February 22
Click here for more information and a map or the route.
- Lunar New Year Festival Schedule of Events
- More events at library and malls for children
This year, people celebrate the Year of the Goat/Ram/Sheep.
Watch this video at the parade last year in Vancouver: